Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Sunday welcomed the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council last week but insisted that the country already has the necessary mechanisms and functional institutions to address human right concerns.
Nevertheless, Go said the resolution would pave the way “for deeper cooperation and more positive engagement in addressing the menace of illegal drugs in the country.”
“I believe that we have the necessary mechanisms and functional institutions, including an independent judiciary. This will be a step in the right direction as this offer of technical assistance to the Philippines will further strengthen these mechanisms and institutions,” Go said.
The administration senator also assured that the Philippines has a “robust and active democracy with an elected government which continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the vast majority of our people.”
With the adoption of the resolution, Go said the international community should then combat the illegal drugs trade as a global community now that it has taken a transnational character.
“As President Duterte said in his first address to the UN General Assembly, open dialogue and constructive engagement with the United Nations is the key,” Go noted.
The UNHCR resolution, proposed by the Philippines, India, and Nepal, and UNHRC non-members, namely Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Thailand, and Turkey, sought the office of the UN Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet’s support to the Philippine government in its “continued fulfillment of its international human rights obligations and commitments.”
The assistance seeks to focus on the domestic investigative and accountability measures, data gathering on alleged police violations, engagement with civil society and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). The resolution also seeks to tackle the country’s national mechanisms for reporting and follow-up on legislation about counterterrorism and human rights-based approaches to drug control.
Go, however, said that since Day 1, the Duterte administration vowed to protect the rights of the Filipino from the evils of illegal drugs, criminality and terrorism.
“I look forward to more meaningful engagements with other countries and international bodies as we continue to provide a safe and comfortable life for all Filipinos,” he stressed.