By Fred Lobo
President Duterte has expressed willingness to hold a “constructive dialogue” with groups voicing grievances and expressing fears against a “creeping dictatorship.”
Time to talk. “The President is the leader of all Filipinos,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.
Foreign Affairs Sec. Allan Peter Cayetano claimed as a ”big victory” the adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) of the Philippines human rights report card.
Time to rejoice… and improve PH grade before the demanding international community.
“We have always kept the doors open for constructive dialogue with the strategic sectors of society, including those who do not share the stance of the administration on certain issues,” Abella said.
So initiate dialogue ASAP and lay down the ‘peace table’ to well-meaning members of the republic.
Thousands of political opponents, human rights advocates, and members of militant groups aired their grievances during the recent observance of the 45th anniversary of martial law imposed by then President Ferdinand Marcos.
Protests and issues noted. But they are better confronted.
The President’s allies also mounted rallies in Manila to express support for his government.
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The rallies during the National Day of Protest declared by the President was a healthy exercise in democracy and an opportunity for the government to hear the sentiment of the people against alleged unreasonable or extra-judicial killings (EJKs) and creeping martial law, Abella said.
And the government will have a “healthy response” to the issues raised by the protesters, he assured.
From the New York UN headquarters, Cayetano reported the adoption of the Philippine UPR Report at the 36th regular session of the Human Rights Council based in Geneva.
The 47-member council affirmed Manila’s commitment to its human rights obligations, he said.
“This demonstrates that the Philippines has nothing to hide with its human rights record,” Cayetano asserted.
It’s the drug lords and criminals who are hiding.
The DFA head vowed that the Philippines will remain resolute in its respect for and protection of human rights as it strives to improve the lives and welfare of Filipinos by protecting them for the scourges of drugs and criminality.
“The dignity of the Filipino people is uppermost among our priority concerns,” he said.
The Philippine Mission to Geneva added that the Philippine fully accepted UN recommendations that pertained to the sustainable protection of family and society in general, effective advocacy of economic and social rights through development, eradication of poverty, and access to health care and public education.
PH capacity to protect the right to life, liberty, and property through the rule of law and justice will also be enhanced, the mission said.
PH is fully committed to its human rights obligations in compliance with the Philippine Constitution and international law, Cayetano assured.
Okay, uphold commitments – so there would be no more cause for protests and political constipation.
Pres. Duterte said the government remains committed to pursue talks with Muslim insurgents and communist rebels.
Yes Mr. President, have the patience to talk to your“children” as father of the Republic. Otherwise a pain in the ass will keep resurfacing.
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