Tag Archives: HUMAN RIGHTS

Philippines 55th of 167 countries in Democracy Index

 Categorizing it as a “flawed democracy,” the Democracy Index 2020 of the  Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) placed the Philippines at No. 55 of 167 countries.

Globally, the Democracy Index 2020, released on February 3, of the London-based think tank was topped by Norway with 9.81, followed by Iceland with 9.37, Sweden 9.26, New Zealand 9.25, Canada 9.24, Finland 9.20 and Denmark 9.15.

The Democracy Index, on a 0 to 10 scale, is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, political culture and civil liberties.

 According to the EIU, the countries under the “flawed democracy” category, “have free and fair elections, even if there are problems (such as infringements on media freedom), basic civil liberties are respected.”

Duterte admin committed to respecting citizens’ voices

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is committed to continue respecting the voices of all citizens, said a Palace official in reaction to the ranking of the Philippines in the Democracy Index 2020.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo pointed out that “endless criticisms from political opposition” as well as “government’s detractors” are proof that the administration respects democracy.  Read More

TRILLANES: Duterte trembling in fear over criminal court decision

DUTERTE: I will die for my principles. If those principles will be the death of me, it’s fine by me. If I’m sentenced to life imprisonment, it’s fine as long as I did what was right

Duterte says he’s not afraid of ICC

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night said he is not afraid of suffering the consequences of his administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, saying his administration is just doing what is right for the greater good.

Time for reckoning is near

Duterte rejected the remark made by former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that he must be “trembling in fear” after International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s office released a report saying there was “reasonable basis” to believe that he and his subordinates committed crimes against humanity in the drug war. READ MORE

ICC TOLD TO BACK WITH DATA FINDINGS VS. DUTERTE WAR ON DRUGS

PDEA: Data by the Philippine government is the most accurate source of information on the campaign against illegal drugs

Read: ICC FINDS BASIS DUTERTE COMMITTED CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

‘Real Numbers’ on PH anti-drug campaign accurate

 December 15, 2020

The “Real Numbers” data being released by the Philippine government is the most accurate source of information on the campaign against illegal drugs in the country, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said on Tuesday.PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon made this comment in… Read More

ROQUE: Goverment to boost human rights protection, crime response

Malacañang assured that the government will continue to strengthen its response to crimes while protecting human rights in line with the commemoration of Human Rights Day.

“Importante talaga na paigtingin pa natin ang kakayanan ng ating kapulisan na bigyang katugunan ang mga kriminal, at the same time ay respetuhin ang karapatang pantao ng lahat (It is really important to intensify the capability of our police to respond to criminals and to respect the human rights of all),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stated.

Among the measures being undertaken by the government is the continuing technical training of the police in processing physical evidence and the closer coordination of police and prosecutors in response to unsolved crimes. READ MORE

IHL important in ensuring PH’s working justice system

 December 11, 2020

The Philippines remains committed to promoting the importance of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as part of efforts to ensure a functional justice system.

Speaking in a webinar on the third and last day of the 2020 Human Rights Summit at the Philippine International Convention… Read

Gov’t affirms PH-UN partnership for advancement of human rights

 December 11, 2020

MANILA – The national government is revving up its efforts for the advancement of human rights in the country, a Palace official said on Friday.”

We affirm to further pursue human rights-related programs as we’ve always been doing for years, especially under this administration—and now… Read More

MEDIALDEA: Human rights at play in battle vs. Covid-19

Government response to pandemic adheres to human rights standards

 December 9, 2020

As the Philippine government’s commitment to protecting its people under extreme circumstances have been put to the test by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, a Palace official assured Wednesday that the whole-of-government response is in “strict accord with… Read More

AFP continues to stand for human rights

 December 10, 2020

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday assured all Filipinos that it continues to stand for human rights while performing its mandate to protect the people and the state.”We stand up for human rights and continue to stand by its principles, even in the face of the… Read More