Aquino, Robredo contradict President Duterte's Human Rights versus Human Lives remark - The Daily Sentry

Monday, July 30, 2018



Aquino, Robredo contradict President Duterte's Human Rights versus Human Lives remark



Former President Aquino, President Duterte and VP Robredo (Photo credits to Inquirer and Interaksyon)

On Saturday, July 28,2018, Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Benigno Aquino III criticized President Rodrigo Duterte's statement at the time of his third State of the Nation Address where the latter said his worry is "human lives" in the midst of negative reactions on his anti-drug restraint.

It can be recalled that President Duterte in his speech during the SONA get back at his critics for his campaign against unlawful medications and guiltiness, affirming that the push to stop it would not end thus far.

Likewise, the President announced that he will not be discouraged from proceeding with his battle due to his enemies dissents and protests, and stressed that if their worry is human rights, his concern though is human lives.

President Duterte during his third SONA (Photo credit to CNN Phils.)

"If you think that I can be dissuaded from continuing this fight because of [your] demonstrations, your protests, which I find, by the way, misdirected, then you got it all wrong. Your concern is human rights, mine is human lives," Pres. Duterte said.

However, Former President Noynoy Aquino opposed this statement of Pres. Duterte, saying human rights and human lives are inseparable.

Aquino said that human lives and rights is unified and there is a universal right all over world.

"Sabi niya, I am more concerned about human lives than human rights. Syempre alam naman saan ako nagmula. Pwede ba paghiwalayin 'yun? Pwede bang wala kang karapatan na Universal na maski saang parte ng mundo? Pareho pareho ang basic na karapatan," Aquino exclaimed.

Similarly, Vice President Leni Robredo also contradict the President's remarks and said that the latter's statement is "false" and "misleading".

Amid the Liberal International's event where Sen. Leila de Lima was given the "Prize for Freedom" recognition, VP Robredo said, "During the SONA early this week, we heard the idea that human rights is not about human lives. But we all know that even the most casual students of human rights will recognize this for what it is: a false and misleading dichotomy,"

She also announced that the President's remarks just created a conspicuous misrepresentation and there are actually a lot to be done in making a more profound mindfulness and valuation for human rights among their people. 

Former President Aquino and VP Robredo (Photo credit to Global Balita)

The Vice President then alluded that they battle for human rights specifically because they value human lives.

"The fact that such a blatant untruth has sparked a debate is further proof that even in a nation with a much-vaunted 'human rights Constitution,' much remains to be done in creating a deeper awareness and appreciation of human rights among our people. We fight for human rights precisely because we value human lives," the Vice President added

Well a lot of people know that President Duterte has been depicting wrath from human rights advocates for his implied severe measures to stop criminality and illicit medications in the nation.

Positively, in his initial two years in office, more than 102,000 anti-drug operations tasks have been led prompting the capture of a sum of 147,000 medication personalities and confiscation of ₱14.66 billion worth of illicit medications.

Nonetheless, data additionally demonstrates that 4,354 drug personalities have passed on amid anti-drug operations and around 23,000 other presumed drug-related passings are as yet being investigated.

President Duterte's Anti-drug campaign (Photo credit to Philstar)

Source: CNN Philippines