IDEFEND calls on Congress to junk immediately the unfounded, farcical impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen.
While we respect and uphold the right of the people to seek accountability from erring public officials, this impeachment complaint is nothing but a frantic act of desperation by Bongbong Marcos to gain a seat in Malacañang. Justice Leonen is the justice-in-charge of the Marcos electoral protest with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). The Marcos camp views Leonen as a critical voice in the Court that must be silenced.
On this 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we seek full accountability of government before any form of meaningful recovery can be achieved. Accountability forms an intrinsic part of rights-based governance because it addresses injustice. Accountability ensures that violators will face the full extent of the law; it reduces the possibility of abuse, corruption and double standard practices. Thus, accountability builds trust in our systems and encourages people’s engagement, which strengthens our democracy. A serious commitment to human rights must prioritize exacting responsibility for grave human rights violations.
PAHRA welcomes the "European Parliament resolution on the situation in the Philippines, including the case of Maria Ressa" which demands that the Philippines respect human rights. The Resolution includes a stern reminder that the tariff-free access to the EU market under the EU GSP+ shall be suspended unless the situation dramatically improves.
We appreciate the overwhelming support of the members of the European Parliament from all across the entire political spectrum (Conservatives, Christian Democrats, Socialists and Progressives, Environmentalists, and Liberals), with 91.70% (652 votes) in favour of the Resolution, a paltry 7 against and only 52 abstention.