The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) congratulated President Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte in his inauguration this Thursday, June 30. 2016 at Malacañang. This is despite the recent news reports about police killings of suspected drug pushers in various areas in the country. The human rights group said it is pleased with President Duterte’s inaugural speech.
“The CHR congratulates President Duterte on his inauguration to high office and wishes him much success in pursuing his mandate.We are heartened by his affirmation to adhere to due process and the rule of law in addressing the many issues he will face during his incumbency.” A statement of CHR chairman Chito Gascon on Facebook reads.
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“Such is all we hope and expect as this proceeds from the solemn oath he took today. The CHR looks forward to engaging with his administration on human rights as we each must do what we must.” Gascon added, referring to President Duterte’s statement in his inaugural speech assuring that his actions will always be with accordance to the law.
“In this fight, I ask Congress and the Commission on Human Rights and all others who are similarly situated to allow us a level of governance that is consistent to our mandate. The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained.” Duterte said in a part of his inaugural speech, after he took oath before Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes.
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“As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the President. I know what is legal and what is not. My adherence to due process and the rule of law is uncompromising. You mind your work and I will mind mine,” The 16th president of the Republic of the Philippines added, talking to Congress and the CHR.
The CHR criticized Duterte when he was still the mayor of Davao City, where there were complaints of alleged extra-judicial killings of drug suspects via the Davao Death Squad (DDS), which he categorically denied. President Duterte will also push the restoration of death penalty, but the CHR strongly disagrees, along with the Catholic Church.