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Human Rights in the Philippines

27 February 2018 — “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’

He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’

And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?’” (Genesis 3: 8-11)

In this Bible passage, we see the Creator of human beings—the Giver of human rights—graciously seeking Adam and Eve and providing an opportunity for their side to be heard; although all-knowing, HE granted Adam and Eve due process. Due process which is essential to human rights.

I am here on behalf of the Filipino people to reaffirm our commitment to human rights. I am here to ask that we all practice what we preach.

Human Rights Council Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review Twenty-seventh session
1–12 May 2017

National report submitted in accordance with paragraph 5 of the annex to Human Rights Council resolution 16/21*

I. Introduction
1. The Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) affirms the universality, indivisibility, interdependence, and interrelatedness of all human rights, respectful of our unique national and regional particularities borne by our diverse historical, cultural, and religious backgrounds.

14 September 2016 — Ambassador Cecilia B. Rebong, the Philippines’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, today corrected the report delivered by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. She stated that President Rodrigo Duterte has never empowered police officers to “shoot to kill” any individual whom they claim to suspect of drug crimes. What he said was the police have the right to defend themselves when their lives are endangered when drug suspects violently resist arrest.

Delivering the Philippine statement on the second day of the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council in response to Mr. Al Hussein’s report, Ambassador Rebong emphasized that the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs, which has the overwhelming support of the Filipino public, is “being waged under the leadership and direction of President Rodrigo Duterte, with a firm adherence to the rule of law, due process, and human rights principles.”