Promise 60: Revoke Executive Order 546

Posted at 07/25/2010 1:00 AM | Updated as of 07/25/2014 1:24 AM

The Promise

I will revoke EO546. Never again will public funds be used to support and maintain a private security force.

(Ed. Note: Executive Order 546 directs the Philippine National Police to undertake active support to the armed forces of the Philippines in internal security operations for the suppression of insurgency and other serious threats to national security, and amends provisions of Executive Order 110 series 1999.)


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May 8, 2012: Inatasan na ni Pangulong Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III si Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo na buwagin ang tinatayang 80 private army sa bansa. Ito'y bahagi ng unang direktiba ng Pangulo kay Robredo na maglatag ng komprehensibong security plan para sa nalalapit na 2013 midterm elections. (Continue Reading)

March 30, 2012: Human Rights Watch urged President Benigno Aquino to ban state-backed paramilitary groups, apart from private armies, to preempt violence in the 2013 mid-term elections. ("Aquino urged to ban state-backed militias," Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 2012)

November 25, 2011: Following the horrors of the Ampatuan massacre, Zeñarosa Commission officials said strategic measures should be drawn to curb the activities of private armies. President Benigno Aquino III was reviewing the report of the Zeñarosa commission about private armies in the country. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President was to decide whether to disclose the report to the public. (Continue Reading)

November 24, 2011: There are still around 40 private armies in the country, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said, out of around 80 private armed groups that were around when the Ampatuan massacre was committed in November 23, 2009. (Continue Reading)

November 24, 2011: Both President Benigno Aquino III and his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, have not acted on the recommendations made by a special commission tasked to look into private armies in the country, the head of a commission that studied the matter said. (Continue Reading)