BBM promises ‘high accountability’ for rights violations
(UPDATE) PRESIDENT-ELECT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has pledged a “high level of accountability” for human rights abuses in the country during his tenure.
Marcos made the pledge when he met Ambassador Gustavo Gonzales, the UN representative to the Philippines, at his office in Mandaluyong City on Friday.
Gonzales said in a press briefing after the meeting that they spoke at length about the 2020 Human Rights Council Resolution 4533. “It means the UN and the government must work together to respond to some human rights concerns and he is very interested, for example, in providing consultation for the appointment of the new Human Rights Commission,” he said.
“That’s the topic he immediately brought up and he also mentioned the importance of ensuring a high level of human rights accountability. [violations]…,” he said.
Gonzales said he reassured Marcos that the UN would support the Philippines’ efforts to advance its human rights agenda.
He said Marcos revealed he was consulting to find the best way to support the human rights agenda.
“So that was quite encouraging and as I mentioned, we reiterate the support of the United Nations,” the envoy said.
Gonzales said human rights concerns under incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration were not discussed at the meeting, but Marcos pledged to continue the government’s war on drugs.” within the framework of the law”.
Duterte’s relentless drug campaign resulted in the deaths of at least 12,000 Filipinos. Human rights organizations say they have evidence that many of the deaths were extrajudicial executions.
In 2018, Duterte withdrew the Philippines’ membership of the Court or International Justice (ICC) after the ICC opened an investigation into the War on Drugs killings.
In March this year, the President ordered the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to provide human rights groups with a copy of the War on Drugs report to shed light on the seriousness of the drug war. drug problem in the country.
Duterte also said he would hold a dialogue with his successor to discuss the drug threat that continues to “haunt” the country.
Gonzales said Marcos was committed to continuing the war on drugs, but within the framework of the law and with respect for human rights and with an emphasis on rehabilitation and socio-economic development.
Gonzales said he and Marcos also discussed peace initiatives in the Philippines, particularly in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
“We emphasized the importance of keeping the peace, especially in the BARMM, and the historic opportunity for some kind of healing and reconciliation of the whole nation taking into account other conflicts in the Philippines” , Gonzales said.
Marcos “confirmed his commitment, his commitment, to ensure that peace…they are assured and at the same time he recognized the importance of investing in peace to achieve a full recovery from Covid-19 and to build development,” he added.
Gonzales said he and Marcos also discussed global challenges, including climate change.
“We discussed the impact of natural disasters and he has a pretty deep understanding of what climate resilience is, the importance of making the Philippines a model in terms of green economy, climate resilient economy and he even shared his understanding of the impact of super typhoons and his plans to deal with natural disasters,” he said.
The envoy said they also had the opportunity to discuss preparations for the UN General Assembly which will take place in September.
During the assembly, Gonzales said they will also have the Transforming Education Summit, “an opportunity to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the education system.”
“This meeting of the United Nations General Assembly will be the first time that President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will be in front of a significant number of heads of state, so this is a great, and I think historic opportunity for the President. and for the Philippines to share the new vision, the new challenges and, at the same time, the new opportunities,” he added.
Marcos also met with Ambassador Annika Thunborg of Sweden, Ambassador Charles Brown of the Holy See, Ambassador William Carlos of Ireland and Ambassador Alain Gaschen of the Swiss Confederation.
Earlier this week, the United States Assistant Secretary of State, along with diplomats from Germany, Italy and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, paid courtesy calls on Marks.