Many Filipinos, some of them highly educated, applauded the president when he said that his concern is not human rights but human lives.
Sorry, but this is illogical.
He is not alone. Many of our legislators and government officials who applauded him during his third SONA betrayed the intentions of this illogical thinking through their actions.
Remember, my dear readers, that during the SONA of the President, some of the provinces in the Philippines were under the state of calamity. But there was no mention of this in the SONA. Also, our congressmen were more interested in replacing the Speaker of the House than easing the human lives of our kababayans. No one told us about how they plan to promote human lives of our kababayans. Two days after the SONA, they were still talking about who should be House Speaker, Deputy Speakers, and the legitimate minority.
Why They Believed that Human Lives Are More Important that Human Rights
Remember how the Hutus murdered 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda? Or the Klu Klux Klan who believed that the lives of a white man is more important that the colored ones. You must have also heard of the Rohingya Genocide.
These people have the same mindset as those Filipino politicians (and their die-hard supporters) who believe that the lives of the poor Filipino rumored to have been using drugs aren’t important.
They believe that their lives are more important than others.
They think they are just defending themselves from “possible” criminals. They were just protecting their families from who those who might one day rape their daughters or kill their sons.
More than twenty thousand Filipinos, most of them you and I didn’t know, who were just a number in a statistics in the President’s War on Drugs, had been killed. Ninety nine percent of these crimes are still classified as “deaths under investigation”.
DUIs speak of either the inefficiency of our government to solve crimes and promote peace and order– or its efficiency to commit crimes and sow terror.
Peoples of the world have progressed with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But some people are left behind. For example, there are Filipinos who don’t value the lives of the poorest of the poor.
Because very few fight for the human rights of the poor, they are easily disposed. Drug Lords have the protection of politicians. Many believe that they have easy access to those who are in power, with those who dine with the President.
But I can see that there is a growing number of people who are now speaking in behalf of those who are afraid.
Change is coming.
We need humane change.
We cannot progress as a nation unless we change our hearts.
Every human life is sacred and every Filipino’s human rights must be protected.
Foremost of this human rights is the right to life.
You and I must do something, in our own capacity as parents, to teach our children about the value of life and the respect of human rights.
You and I must do something, in our own capacity as professionals, to educate others about the importance of the respect for human rights so we can protect and promote human lives.
You and I, as Filipinos, must show in our thoughts and deeds, that we value human rights.