MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s Consultative Committee (Concom) to Review the 1987 Constitution will look into the composition of the Commission on Human Rights and the prospect of adding more members in line with the proposed inclusion of socioeconomic and environmental rights in the Bill of Rights.
Concom chair and former Chief Justice Reynato Puno said that the addition of the second and third generation of rights to the existing political and civil rights would also necessitate the inclusion of these rights in the jurisdiction of the CHR.
“We are going to look into the composition of the CHR. We want to add to the membership. Who should be added? The sectors whose rights are always violated,” Puno said.
Concom member and former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., who was also interviewed, said that the human rights of indigenous peoples (IPs) currently lacked attention.
“Their human rights are being ignored. It’s very important that we give them adequate protection,” Pimentel said.
Puno agreed with Pimentel, stressing that the CHR needed members who represented the IPs.
“The CHR should have a representative from indigenous people. Who will represent the poor? If you look at the current composition, the poor do not have a representative,” Puno said.*PNA
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