(1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines)
The Commission on Human Rights shall have the following functions: “Provide appropriate legal measures for the protection of human rights of all persons within the Philippines, as well as Filipinos residing abroad, and provide for preventive measures and legal aid services to the underprivileged whose human rights have been violated or need protection.” (Sec. 18, n. 3)
It is a highly significant entity expressly and formally provided for by no less than the Philippine Constitution. It is vested with the eminent authority of protecting human rights with all given legal ways and pursuant means. It is categorically and officially tasked to safeguard the human rights of all Filipinos, be these staying in the Philippines or residing in foreign Countries. More. It has the special task not only of promoting but specially so in defending the human rights of the poor and the weak.
Certain observations however are well in order:
The constitutional provision establishing the Commission is not only ethical in nature but also inspiring in spirit and objectives. But this sublime Institution falls rather short of its noble nature and inspiring objectives. So it is that there are despotic personalities specially those holding high government offices who believe and behave as if theirs are all the rights while their subordinates have but all obligations. Result: Public Disorder!
The same constitutional creation seems nothing more than but a sublime and impressive entity with its given dignified and dignifying finality. In truth however, it appears irrelevant if not inexistent even when the gross violators of human rights are openly allied with individuals who wield the option in freely violating human rights as they please – in line with the saying that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The said Commission is in fact deaf and dumb as to the phenomenon of 24/7 extrajudicial killings in the Country such as the heinous execution of but suspect individuals in the production, sale and/or use of prohibited drugs. They are nonchalantly gunned down, done away with and conveniently forgotten. The “Right to Life” is the crowning glory of all Human Rights. Do away with this most eminent right of every man, woman and child, and all other human rights become basically irrelevant.
Certain questions then are in good order: Is there really a Commission of Human Rights in the Country? If there is, why does it play deaf and dumb on the so-called “War against drugs,” which is synonymous with “War against Life”. Why is silent as a tomb even with the recent gruesome murder of a drug-free young man? Where is it during public demonstrations against killings here and there without even but a semblance of Due Process? Is there really such a Commission in the Country?