Philippines president to create 'truth commission' to probe rights abuses Erin Bock at 7:27 AM ET
[JURIST] Newly-inaugurated Philippines President Benigno Aquino [campaign website, in Tagalog; BBC profile] announced Tuesday that his administration will set up a "truth commission" to investigate allegations that the outgoing administration engaged in corruption and rights violations. The commission plans to look into accusations [AFP report] that former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and members of her administration rigged the 2004 presidential election, misused government funds and profited from government contracts. Aquino said that other agencies will assist the commission [Reuters report] in its investigation, including the country's Department of Justice [official website]. Aquino's announcement prompted a call for the president to issue an executive order [ABS-CBN report] to make the commission's creation official and clear up any ambiguity regarding the commission's authority. Aquino appointed former Supreme Court [official website] chief justice Hilario Davide [UN profile] to head the commission.
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