ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 12, 2010) – Government soldiers hailed the appointment of a decorated army commander who advocated peace in Mindanao as head of the new Human Rights Office of the Philippine military.
President Benigno Aquino III named Brigadier General Domingo Tutaan, former deputy chief of the Southern Command headquarters in Zamboanga City in Mindanao, as head of the Human Rights Office of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“We are glad that General Tutaan, who is a true human rights defender and peace advocate, will head the new Human Rights Office. The soldiers are behind him as we also support his advocacy,” one army sergeant, who had served Tutaan in the past, said.
Tutaan also served as commander of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade in Davao region and was largely credited for his various peace and development programs and respect for human rights in Mindanao.
Tutaan was a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1981, whose father was also a decorated army general. (Mindanao Examiner)