Asan ang CHR nung panahon ni Aquino?

Asan ang CHR nung panahon ni Aquino?

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Dear Chito Gascon:

The scandalous discrepancy between the number of drug addicts and the number of rehabilitation centers in the country is a massive human rights violations.

One of the constitutional obligations of the Commission on Human Rights is “to monitor the Philippine Government’s compliance with international treaty obligations on human rights” (Article XIII, Sect. 17.7)

One of the international human rights conventions that the Philippines ratified since 1974 is the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

According to Article 12.1 of the ICESCR:

The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

One of the things State parties must do to realise this is to take measures necessary for “the prevention, treatment and control of epidemic, endemic, occupational and other diseases.”

What is the meaning of the right to treatment?

According to Paragraph 16 of the CESCR General Comment No. 14: The Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health (Art. 12):

The right to treatment includes the creation of a system of urgent medical care in cases of accidents, epidemics and similar health hazards, and the provision of disaster relief and humanitarian assistance in emergency situations

At least 600,000 drug addicts and pushers have already surrendered. They have to be sent home because the Philippines has no capacity to rehabilitate them. The Aquino administration knew about the drug epidemic.

The question now is did they take measures to arrest the drug addiction pandemic in the country? The scandalous absence of enough rehabilitation centres AND absence for a call for an international humanitarian assistance to address this health crisis indicate that the Aquino Administration did not take all the necessary measures to address this health crisis.

Mr Gascon, do your constitutional duty, investigate the massive violations of Article 12 of the ICESR that the previous administration committed. Be fair.

Human Rights Watch
Amnesty International
UN Human Rights Council
BBC News
Al Jazeera English



During the senate hearing, Chito Gascon used Philip Alston’s definition of EJK: “any killing by government forces as well the killing by any other groups or individuals which the government failed to investigate, prosecute and punish when it is in a position to do so.”

When this photo of a person wrapped in masking tape was circulated on FB in June, I got intrigued by the execution style. I did some digging and found out that summary killings of this style have been happening before, even during the administration of President Aquino. They were not just featured prominently by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The question is, has CHR investigated this before? If not, why not? Was the Aquino government able to “investigate, prosecute and punish” incidents like this during his administration? If not, then the Aquino Administration can be held liable for EJKs, as per the definition Gascon provided.

Wala bang summary killings na ginagawa ang mga drug cartels sa Pinas? Wala kasi akong naririnig. Ang bait naman nila. Sana sila na lang ang nagpapatakbo ng government natin. #charot #shade #award


Noong panahon ni Aquino – De Lima, ang drug lord na si Herbert Colangco kumanta rin. Pero hindi niya kinanta ang mga protectors niya. Nag-concert lang naman siya sa Bilibid, nag-release ng album na naging Platinum, at nanalo pa siyang New Male Recording Artist sa 6th Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Music. Tengeneng behey yen!

Pero ngayong panahon ni Digong, ang drug lord kapag gustong kumanta, pinapatay katulad ni Jaguar ng Cebu na pinatay ng mga pulis ng Cebu sa Las Pinas several days na mag-declare siya na mag-surrender kay Duterte at ibubunyag niya ang kanyang mga protectors. Etong mga Odicta’s ganoon din ang nangyari. After magbigay ng “list” sa DILG, patay.

The machinery of the Philippine narco-State is dissolving…

“Several police officers, members of Congress, including a senator, are among the cohorts of alleged Eastern Visayas druglord Kerwin Espinosa, his father Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa said in a news conference on Tuesday.”


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Sass Rogando Sasot
A transpinay based in The Hague, Sass Rogando Sasot is studying at Leiden University, pursuing an MA in International Relations, working on a thesis on how a systemic change led to the rivalry of the coastal States of the South China Sea. In 2013, Sass became the first Filipino to receive the ECHO Award, given annually to excellent migrant students in academic and higher professional education in The Netherlands. In 2014, she graduated magna cum laude at Leiden University College-The Hague, with a Combined Major in World Politics and Global Justice, minor in International Development, with courses on U.S. Foreign Policy and International Relations of China take at UCLA. She has at least 10 years of practical international experience.

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