The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) warned the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte following his statement of administering a harsher crackdown on his campaign against illegal drugs.
Previously, Duterte stated that he will “be harsh and there might be widespread violence” on his continuous war against illegal drugs with the help from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
In a statement, CHR noted that Duterte should value human life and human rights equally with respect.
“If the administration values human life, then human rights must be equally respected as there is no distinction between the two,” CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said in a statement.
The spokesperson also added that Duterte’s remark coincides with the Philippines celebration of the 70th year of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. She also added that the Philippines still faces unsolved deaths and other forms of human rights violations allegedly connected to the so-called war on drugs.