By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
While the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) acknowledges that the main goal of disclosing criminal offenses in driver’s licenses is to promote public safety, CHR Spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia is afraid that this measure might heighten discrimination against reformed individuals.
“Such proposal unfairly discriminates, especially for those who have fully rehabilitated and turned their backs on the use of dangerous drugs and other similar substances after undergoing proper interventions,” she said in a statement.
De Guia said that the proposal might keep them from accessing opportunities for employment instead of reintegrating successfully into society. In doing so, these individuals might be pushed back to drug use and drug trade again.
“It seems to be a punishment for all those who voluntarily submitted themselves for treatment to always bear that mark for simply wanting to be better,” she said.
R.A. 10586 or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013 penalizes acts of driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, and other intoxicating substances. The CHR said the law already recognizes the importance of protecting the people from accidents and violence that may arise from drunk or drugged driving.
“While the intent may be noble, the CHR stresses that laws and policies should always be fair and should be mindful of the complexities of any social issue it seeks to address,” said de Guia.#