Philippine National Police chief Gen. Rommel Marbil (INQUIRIER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ)

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said on Thursday that it supports the nomination of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Rommel Francisco Marbil.

“The CDH looks forward to the new leadership of PNP Chief Marbil, who has expressed his commitment to improving the agency's current progress in reducing the crime rate in the Philippines through innovative law enforcement practices,” the CDH said in a communicated.

The agency said it is “hopeful” about the PNP’s use of new technologies in carrying out its duties and ensuring the safety of the people.

“We welcome the PNP’s plans to progress towards utilizing emerging technologies to further expand its reach into communities and develop its capacity to tackle new forms of crime,” he said.

“Emerging threats such as cybercrime and transnational crimes highlight the evolving landscape of security concerns in today's society. As we recognize and seek to address these challenges, we are hopeful in the new PNP leadership’s commitment to safeguarding the safety of all citizens,” he added.

The CDH also welcomed Marbil's decision to move away from the term “war on drugs” in terms of its campaign against illegal drugs.

“In its approach to addressing the drug problem, the HRC welcomes the continued shift in rhetoric away from the language of “war”, which has been associated with widespread human rights abuses in the past. We express optimism in your emphasis on accountability and transparency in all police operations,” he added.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. appointed Marbil to the position on April 1, following the retirement of then-PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr.

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