Sen. Hontiveros Lambasts UNHRC After Philippine Victory in Human Rights Report Under Pres. Duterte


Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros a close ally of the Liberal Party and one of the critics of the Duterte administration lambasts the United Nations Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) adoption of the Philippines' Universal Periodic Review (UPR).


The adoption of the Human Rights Report for the Philippines is considered as a major victory for the Philippines under the Duterte administration but Sen. Hontiveros called it as a "fake victory," despite the fact that she once believed the credibility of the UNHRC.

In an interview with the media, Sen. Hontiveros was quoted as saying "Kung may fake news, may pekeng tagumpay. Walang tagumpay na nangyari sa United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review process. Talo ang sambayanan," Hontiveros said in a statement.

Sen. Hontiveros who was once accused by some of her critics of allegedly pocketing millions of pesos while serving as one of the Board of Director of PhilHealth added further that "Human rights violators lang ang matutuwa at magbubunyi sa nangyari," she said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano revealed in a statement from New York where he attended the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the Philippines welcomed the final adoption of the Third Philippine Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report by the 47-member body, saying it affirms Manila's commitment to its human rights obligations.

Sec. Cayetano stated "President Duterte has always made it clear from the beginning that respect for human rights will always be a priority of his administration," the DFA Secretary said.

The Duterte administration congratulated the Foreign Affairs officials for successfully "explaining to the world" the Philippines' policies, practices, commitments and obligations in the area of human rights.

The UPR of the Human Rights Council is considered as the world's principal peer review mechanism where member-states come together to discuss their human rights policies and plans and exchange views on how to improve human rights through international cooperation. The process is transparent and member-states interact as sovereign equals.

Source: GMA News, Manila Bulletin, PIA


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