Administrative Order No. 35

 

The “INTER-AGENCY COMMITTEE ON EXTRA-LEGAL KILLINGS, ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES, TORTURE AND OTHER GRAVE VIOLATIONS TO THE RIGHTS TO LIFE, LIBERTY AND SECURITY OF PERSONS”(IAC)

The Inter-Agency Committee On Extra-Legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Persons (IAC) was created under Administrative Order No. 35 (series of 2012).

The IAC is chaired by the Secretary of Justice with the following members:

  1. Chairperson, Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRCP)
  2. Secretary, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
  3. Secretary, Department of National Defense (DND)
  4. Office of Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs (OPAPA)
  5. Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU)
  6. Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
  7. Director General of the Philippine National Police (PNP)
  8. Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)

The Ombudsman, CHR and DFA participate as independent observers of the IAC.

The IAC is supported by a Technical Working Group (TWG) and a Secretariat composed of representatives of the IAC member-agencies. The TWG serves as the central support system of the IAC in rationalizing its focus and in providing recommendations in the handling of AO 35 cases. The Secretariat on the other hand, provides coordinative, data management, and service support to the IAC and the TWG.

MANDATE

To serve as the government’s institutional machinery dedicated to the resolution of unsolved cases of political violence in the form of extra-legal killings (ELK), enforced disappearances (ED), torture and other grave violations of the right to life, liberty and security of persons.

POWERS AND FUNCTION

  1. Inventory of all cases of ELK’s, ED, torture and other grave violations of the right to life, liberty and security of persons perpetrated by both state and non-state agents, from all government offices as well as non-government sources (independent and non-partisan international and national human rights organizations and groups);
  2. Classify the cases into: unsolved, under investigation, under preliminary investigation, and under trial;
  3. Prioritize unsolved cases for action by assigning Special Investigation Teams (SIT) composed of prosecutors and investigators, in order to conduct further investigation for the possible identification of perpetrators; and
  4. Designate and mobilize SIT’s for the various AO35 cases for the immediate investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators; and
  5. Monitor the progress of all inventoried cases and maintain an updated database of the same.

 

ALSO AVAILABLE:         ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 35, s.2012 ................ View / Download PDF File
                                   AO35 OPERATION GUIDELINES ............................... View / Download PDF File
                                   DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR NO. 020 ........................... View / Download PDF File
                                   DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR NO. 020 - A  .................... View / Download PDF File

 

LATEST UPDATES

1st Special Meeting of Inter-Agency Committee On Extra-Legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Other Grave Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Persons on January 30, 2024. ............... (see more photos)


 

2023 ACTIVITIES:

1. AO35 TWG MEMBERS WITH UNJP RE: MINNESOTA PROTOCOL ON THE INVESTIGATION OF UNLAWFUL DEATHS (February 07, 2023) ................ (see more photos)




2. AO35 REGIONAL CASE CONFERENCE IN REGION III AND STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR FY 2023 (February 21-23, 2023)


 

3. A CONVERSATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION AND ACCOUNTABILITY SEEKING MECHANISM WITH CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS  (March 16, 2023)



4. AO35 DIALOGUE WITH CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS IN CEBU CITY, REGION VII (March 27-29, 2023)



5. INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW (IHL) CASE CONFERENCE IN DAVAO CITY, REGION XI (April 17-21, 2023)

 


6. PHILIPPINE DELEGATION TO THE HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT OF THE 55TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (HRC55), GENEVA SWITZERLAND (February & May 2023)



7. TECHNICAL TRAINING ON THE MINNESOTA PROTOCOL ON THE INVESTIGATIONS OF POTENTIALLY UNLAWFUL DEATHS (July 3-7, 2023)



8. AO35 - IACAT TRAINING FOR CHILDREN IN ARMED CONFLICT IN SUBIC, ZAMBALES (July 10-12, 2023)



9. REGIONAL TRAININGS FOR POLICE INVESTIGATORS IN DIFFERENT REGIONS (July - November 2023) ..................... (see more photos)


       (Regional Training in Tacloban City, Region VIII
                       1st Wave - July 17-21, 2023
                 2nd Wave - July 31-August 4, 2023)

   (Regional Training in Subic, Zambales, Region III
                     1st Wave - August 14-18, 2023
                   2nd Wave - September 4-8, 2023)

       (Regional Training in Davao City, Region XI
              1st Wave - September 18-22, 2023
                 2nd Wave - October 2-6, 2023)

 

 

 

"Let me emphasize the rule of law prevails in our country - our criminal justice system is full functioning.
We continue to improve mechanism such as the AO35 Inter-Agency Committee to enhance accountability."


- H.E. President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.

 

 

SECRETARIAT:

GINO PAOLO S. SANTIAGO
Assistant State Prosecutor
Head, AO35 Technical Working Group

 

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