Philippines secures another term at the UN rights body
The Philippines was able to secure another term as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council during elections in New York, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday.
Ambassador Teodoro Locsin Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, said the Philippines garnered 165 votes of 192 votes cast by member-states.
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With this victory, the Philippines will get to serve another three-year term in the 47-member Council based in Geneva from 2019 to 2021.
DFA Sec Cayetano said the Philippines was able to secure the victory despite a well-orchestrated effort by non-government groups to paint a wrong picture of the human rights situation in the country.
“If you want to talk human rights, we’re here. Upuan natin (Let’s sit down). But (if) you just want to criticize us from afar and don’t want to give solutions, and just keep saying, ‘Kayo tama, kami mali’ (You’re right, we’re wrong), it’s helping no one except you and your finances,” Cayetano said.
Presidential Spokesperson & Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Atty. Salvador S. Panelo also said the Philippines’ re-election to the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council for another 3-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. Getting a seat in the UN Human Rights Council is a repudiation of the critics and detractors on President Duterte’s unrelenting war against illegal drugs.
The community of nations has viewed the drug menace as a global problem requiring its utmost attention in forcefully dealing with it and forging a united front against the purveyors of its proliferation across the frontiers of the world. The Philippines is at the forefront of this gigantic fight and is showing the way how to slay the dragon of destruction.
With the county’s re-election, the President’s campaign against illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality has, in effect, been acknowledged by the international community as essential to the protection of the right to life, liberty and property of every peace-loving and law-abiding citizen of our State.
We thank and commend the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the States that supported our country’s bid, for affirming the Philippines’ brand of human rights advocacy under the Duterte administration as truly responsive to our people’s needs and aspirations for a better and more dignified life.