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Manila submits UN human rights report

Francis Wakefield



The Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations told the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) that charges of human rights violations against its own people are untrue.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said the mission presented the Philippine Human Rights Situation report detailing the ‘comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the Duterte administration’s commitment towards furthering every Filipino’s human rights amidst the misrepresented allegations brought by the different interest groups.’

He also said the Duterte administration will continue to promote the protection and preservation of human rights while concurrently implementing policies with public interests.

“Following the spirit of integrity and political will, the Duterte administration continues to strongly advocate for the overall collective development and a safer and more comfortable life for all Filipinos, while partaking in constructive consultations with different stakeholders, interest groups and the international community,” Andanar said in a statement.

He claimed the government proactively engages others, especially the international community, in addressing claims of human rights violations.

“The Duterte administration will continue its positive approach and constructive engagement with interest groups and the international community in addressing these allegations and investigating claims of violations of human rights,” Andanar said.

“We will further this, as we continue to affirm transparency and determination towards upholding the rule of law, due process, and accountability on our effective endeavors in the promotion and protection of the welfare and human rights of the over one hundred million Filipinos,” he added.