The Philippine government’s campaign against criminality, corruption, terrorism, insurgency, and illegal drugs advances human rights, Presidential Human Rights Committee chair and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said.
As the Philippines joined the global observance of the 70th year of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Medialdea said the Duterte administration is serious in its efforts to make human rights a reality for the Filipino people.
The Philippine government has selected the theme ‘Protecting Human Lives, Uplifting Human Dignity, and Advancing People’s Progress!’, for this year’s UDHR adoption observance.
Despite allegations of human rights violations under the administration, “the rule of law is upheld,” Medialdea said.
“To protect the lives of the innocent law-abiding citizens of the country, this administration remains unrelenting in its crusade against criminality, corruption, terrorism, insurgency, and the proliferation of illegal drugs that destroy families and the future of the young. In all these, the rule of law is upheld as the guilty are brought before the bar of justice,” Medialdea said.
“Indeed, our celebration of seven decades of the UDHR reflects our confidence that we are advancing human rights in a manner that truly values and responds to the needs of Filipinos,” Medialdea said.
The government is determined to work for sustainable progress that will provide a better life for all Filipinos, Medialdea said.
Aside from the fight against illegal drugs among others, Medialdea said the government continues to effectively implement responsive programs that broaden people’s access to education, healthcare, employment, shelter, food, and basic utilities and services.
“The government fulfills its aspiration of a respectable standard of living that benefits the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in the Philippine society. The government is resolute in uplifting the dignity of every Filipino,” Medialdea said.
“In our quest for economic development that impacts communities at the grassroots, aggressive horizontal and vertical infrastructure development shall be undertaken to encourage more internal and external investments and partnerships,” Medialdea said.
The Philippines was the first signatory to the UDHR when its was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on Dec. 10, 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations in human rights.
The Philippines incorporated these treaties in domestic laws and policies, and made them part of governance.
Last October, the Philippines was elected for its fifth term as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Medialdea said the country’s UNHRC inclusion is “an affirmation” of our accomplishments and proof that the UN recognizes that the Philippine government respects human rights.
“The Philippines’ re-election to the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council for another three-year term with a vote of 165 out of the 192 votes cast by member-states is a recognition that our government respects human rights and will not tolerate abuse by those in authority,” Medialdea said.