CONCERNED government personnel, particularly law enforcement authorities, are being called upon to “value and respect” constitutionally-guaranteed rights and the rule of law.
What’s significant here is that the Philippine National Police (PNP), the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, is serious in upholding human rights (HRs) and does not tolerate abuses.
In fact, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo “Guilor” T. Eleazar welcomed the recently-signed agreement between the Philippines and the United Nations (UN) on the promotion of human rights.
The Philippines, through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), signed the landmark agreement, which aims to protect HRs in the country.
In welcoming the signing of the PH-UN accord, the top “Mamang Pulis” from Quezon assured the public that in the police agency, “human rights will always be given utmost importance.”
Note, he said, that “our Police Operational Procedure and policies are geared towards human rights-based law enforcement.”
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the pact embodies the partnership, trust-building, and constructive engagement between the PH and the UN on HR promotion and protection.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, on the other hand, lauded the joint undertaking.
It’s a manifestation of Manila’s sincere efforts to infuse in its law enforcement and investigative operations with human rights dimension in a non-political setting, he said.
In the view of many, any violation of human rights might be used by some quarters to tarnish the image of this impoverished Southeast Asian nation in the international community.