War vs. crime, corruption, drugs advances human rights: Palace

MANILA The Duterte administration's war against criminality, corruption, terrorism, insurgency, and illegal drugs advances human rights, MalacaAang said on Monday.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, chair of the Presidential Human Rights Committee, made this remark as the country joined the global observance of the 70th year of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

For this year's observance, the Philippine government has selected the theme 'Protecting Human Lives, Uplifting Human Dignity, and Advancing People's Progress!'

Medialdea stressed that every administration has its own emphasis and approach in its effort to make human rights a reality for its people.

He further said that despite allegations of human rights violations under the administration, the rule of law is upheld.

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 in a press statement.

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, he added.

Aside from the fight against illegal drugs among others, Medialdea said that 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.

Medialdea also noted that government is determined to work for sustainable progress that will provide a better life for all Filipinos.

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, he added.

On Dec. 10, 1948, the Philippines became the first signatory to the UDHR, a milestone document proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations in human rights.

According to Medialdea, the Philippines has signed eight of these core treaties, incorporated them in domestic laws and policies, and made them part of governance.

In October this year, the Philippines was elected to its fifth term as a member of the 47-strong United Nations Human Rights Council.

MalacaAang described the country's inclusion as "an affirmation" of its accomplishments and proof that UN recognizes its respect for 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 added. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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