Episode 47: Human
Rights Issues for the Next Administration
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Leila de Lima
analyses the country’s human rights situation.
She discusses this as a reminder that the platforms
of candidates for national elections must center on
what does not change: freedom. Freedom is about the
protection of human rights. While there is no country
that protects all human rights, there are some that
are closer than others. Unfortunately, the Philippines
is not one of those nations. She therefore proposes
two areas where a solution from the next administration
The first is the problem of the slow process of justice.
There are not enough prosecutions. Powerful individuals
are rarely indicted. She explains that the core of
enforcing human rights is prosecutions that lead to
convictions. Without this, all efforts to protect
human rights will be incomplete.
The second area that the next set of elected officials
should also look into is putting an end to extrajudicial
and vigilante-style killings. There is no justice
in murder. She stresses that the police and the military
should be the first to come to the defense of human
The music is provided by Dieter
Bachmann and Dan-O.
The audio is courtesy of ABS-CBN.
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