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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made on human rights in the Philippines, with particular reference to the recent death of Bishop Alberto Ramento. (97883)

We are concerned about the reports of unexplained killings in the Philippines. Our embassy and successive EU Presidencies in Manila have raised human rights and the issue of unexplained killings with the Philippine Foreign Minister on several occasions. The case of Bishop Alberto Ramento has not been raised specifically.

Most recently, these issues were raised by the President of the European Commission and the Finnish EU Presidency, when Philippine President Arroyo attended EU meetings in Helsinki on 20 September.