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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:40 am 
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Should the next UN rights chief treat leaders more gently?


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He called Hungary's prime minister a racist, suggested the Philippine president needed a "psychiatric evaluation," and accused US President Donald Trump of driving humanity off a mountain.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has acknowledged that his unvarnished criticism of world leaders has made it impossible for him to secure a second term.

"I have irritated, I think, all governments over the course of (my) four years," Zeid, a member of Jordan's royal family, told the BBC at the weekend.

As the deadline approaches to replace Zeid, one candidate vying for the job has argued that with the UN human rights system facing unprecedented threats, the right chief's office needs a change in tone.

"The next high commissioner must understand that defending human rights is not about attacking governments, it is not an exercise aiming to attribute blame or fault," wrote Nils Melzer, the current UN special rapporteur on torture, in an letter announcing his bid to succeed Zeid.

"There is no point in winning perceived moral superiority at the price of mutual loss of respect, influence and understanding," added Melzer, a Swiss national.

Melzer told AFP that even though he is probably not a frontrunner for the job, he tweeted his application letter to trigger a necessary debate.

He expressed "tremendous respect" for Zeid but said that "antagonising" political leaders does not work.

"We are on the brink of the whole system rights system disintegrating," Melzer said. "If we want to avoid a global shipwreck, we will have to find a common language."

Anyone interested in the long-term survival of the UN's human rights system "will realise that the high commissioner can't be an activist," he said.

'A bed of nails'

Zeid told the BBC that other UN departments sometimes viewed the rights office as "sanctimonious" and that at points during his tenure he was encouraged to use "alternative vocabulary" when denouncing abuses.

But tensions between the high commissioner for human rights and the rest of the UN system are hardly unique to Zeid, as the job typically requires harsh criticism of governments that other agencies are lobbying for resources and cooperation.

Edward Mortimer, a former UN communications director, called the rights chief post "a bed of nails", in an article for the United Nations Association of the United Kingdom (UNA-UK), an NGO tracking the selection process.

Some argue that Zeid's approach to the role -- denouncing the individuals personally responsible for the grave abuses -- is the only viable strategy.

"This is really what the job is all about," Louis Charbonneau, the UN director at Human Rights Watch, told AFP.

"It is not about tip-toeing around. It is using the bully pulpit."

Former Irish president Mary Robinson, who served as UN rights chief from 1997 to 2002, told UNA-UK that "if you become too popular in that job, remember, you are not doing a good job".

The contenders

Zeid's term expires in August. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres formally posted the vacancy in June and reportedly began interviews in July.

Few details about the selection process have been released, but multiple UN officials and diplomats have said that former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet was approached -- although she reportedly turned the job down initially.

Guterres is widely believed to prefer a woman for the role.

For activists, a priority is establishing whether Guterres is looking for someone who aligns with Melzer's vision -- a high commissioner who condemns abuses without denouncing leaders.

As Charbonneau noted, Guterres "has come under criticism for not being as outspoken as groups like ours would like on human rights."

With Trump cutting support and China as well as Russia consistently undermining human rights criticisms from the UN, activists worry that Guterres may want someone more conciliatory towards the three most powerful permanent Security Council members.

Zeid told the BBC that even a partial bow to such states would be a mistake.

"Governments can defend themselves," he said. "I am not there to defend them. I am there to defend their people who have been discriminated against." —Agence France-Presse

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:26 pm 
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pag mga Dilawan talaga mahilig umiwas sa tanong, kailangan na tuloy lagyan ng numbers

mga "official choosers" ng issue kasi hihihihih :lol:

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An open letter in reply to statements of former President Benigno Aquino III

Mr. President Aquino,

Good Day, Sir. It's regrettable that you chose to play with words, including comparing our haircuts, in responding to an immensely important issue and addressing people's main questions about the situation at the WPS.

While we both lost some of our hair, your administration lost control of Scarborough and a great opportunity to expand tourism, infrastructure and agriculture. We also lost many opportunities for cooperation in fields like science and technology, protection of the environment, among others, all because of the approach you, together with former Sec. Del Rosario and Senator Trillanes, chose to adopt and implement.

Rather than debate which administration is more transparent and/or mislead people on many facets of this complicated situation, may I respectfully request that you answer the questions on people’s minds and help enrich public discussion on the issue.

1. How did we lose control of Scarborough Shoal in 2012 during your watch?

2. Who made the decision to end the stand-off by ordering Philippine ships to leave, and on who’s advice?

3. Who was in command of the situation? Was it you, or Sec. Del Rosario or Sen. Trillanes?

4. Why didn't you order the Philippine ships to return to the area when the Chinese ships did not leave as expected?

5. What exactly was Sen. Trillanes role and mandate? He made 16 trips to China as your emissary. Where are the reports and what were the agreements reached?

6. Who did Sen. Trillanes negotiate with in the back channel talks? Who else did you authorize for this mission?

7. Sen. Trillanes had refused to reveal the purpose and nature of his trips when asked during a senate session by then Sen. Enrile. Instead he walked out and invoked presidential prerogative so he would not be compelled to respond. Since then, nothing has been heard of his secret trips. Why? How can you say it was transparent when the Embassy report was about only on one meeting?

8. We note that there seems to be a denial all around of any negotiated joint withdrawal of both Chinese and Philippine vessels from the shoal. Was there an agreement? Brokered by who?

9. What was the US commitment on the WPS issue, if any? And how was this relayed to you or was this discussed with you directly when you sat down with President Obama at one point in time?

10. What did you discuss with President Obama? He reportedly affirmed to Japan that the mutual defense treaty will be put into action if the Senkaku islands are threatened. Did Mr. Obama tell you that the US does not get involved with territorial disputes like in the WPS? How did you respond to that?

11. What are your plans or proposals for oil and gas exploration in the WPS? Do you agree that oil and gas exploration and development will be very beneficial to all Filipinos?

Our people await your response to these questions in earnest, to be fully informed finally of the background of our complicated situation. Your response will help us decide on how to proceed further in shaping our policy with China.

If, indeed, transparency is important to you as you claim, then consider your early response to these questions as crucial.

Thank you, Sir. We will be awaiting your reply.

P.S. You often reminded our people that we need solutions and not just plain criticism. You are right about it. May we have your alternatives or proposals instead of merely criticizing the government today? Thank you.

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Kamot ulo. :lol: :lol:

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Duterte signs national ID law today.

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018 ... -law-today

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:31 pm 
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Duterte signs national ID law today.

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018 ... -law-today


Good job Digong..
This is OK para isang ID na lang for all transactions...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:22 pm 
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JABEZJ wrote:
IceColdBeer wrote:
Duterte signs national ID law today.

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018 ... -law-today


Good job Digong..
This is OK para isang ID na lang for all transactions...

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Goodbye Postal ID, .........Goodbye PRC ID, magastos mag renew :lol:

may eye scan identification na ba yan?

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sikat na sikat ang Federalismo ma iingay na ang mga hypocrito .


Good job Mocha, kahit introduction lang patok agad :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:12 am 
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dan44 wrote:
JABEZJ wrote:
IceColdBeer wrote:
Duterte signs national ID law today.

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018 ... -law-today


Good job Digong..
This is OK para isang ID na lang for all transactions...

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Goodbye Postal ID, .........Goodbye PRC ID, magastos mag renew :lol:

may eye scan identification na ba yan?


Post mo naman dann ang PRC license mo...
Para hindi poser ang dating...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:41 am 
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Duterte: Data privacy secure with national ID
By: Julie M. Aurelio - @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:25 AM August 07, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the national identification system law on Monday, assuring Filipinos that their personal information would be kept secure with data privacy safeguards already in place.

Only those with illegal intentions should be afraid of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act, the President said after the signing ceremony in Malacañang.

“There is therefore no basis at all for the apprehensions about the Phil-ID, unless of course that fear is based on anything that borders on illegal,” he said.

He added: “If at all, the Phil-ID will even aid in our drive against the social menaces of poverty, corruption and criminal issues, as well as terrorism and violent extremism.”

The signing of the law coincided with the presentation and ceremonial signing of Republic Act No. 11054, or the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

PSA repository of data

Under the PhilSys Act, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will manage the national ID system.

It will store a citizen’s common reference number, biometrics, voter’s ID, Philippine passport number, taxpayer’s identification number, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. number, Professional Regulation Commission number, driver’s license number and other information.

In his speech, the President pointed out that the information would not be different from that recorded in other agencies collecting personal data.

He said data privacy safeguards were in place to ensure that citizens’ personal data were secure against identity theft and fraud.

“The PSA will work closely with the National Privacy Commission, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the multiagency PhilSystem Policy and Coordination Council to address all concerns pertaining to privacy and security,” the President said.

Calling the national ID law a “monumental legislative measure,” he noted that past administrations had tried but failed to introduce a national ID.

This was “partly because of the apprehensions peddled by some groups about privacy and data security,” the President said.

An opposition lawmaker, Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin, for instance, said the passage of the law “casts a pall of gloom over privacy rights and an ominous threat to human rights.”

“The heavy hand of the state will now apply to getting a comprehensive profile of its citizens,” Villarin said in a text message to the Inquirer.

The Presidenty thought otherwise, stressing that a national ID system would, in fact, improve the delivery of services and cut down on fraud and bureaucratic red tape.

Citizens, resident aliens

He pointed out that the Phil-ID, a single ID to be issued to all citizens and resident aliens, would “dispense with the need to present multiple IDs for different government transactions.”

“This will not just enhance administrative governance but reduce corruption, curtail bureaucratic red tape, and promote the ease of doing business, but also avert fraudulent transactions, strengthen financial inclusion, and create a more secure environment for our people,” he said.

The President’s spokesperson, Harry Roque, said the implementation of a national ID would help protect Filipinos against identity theft.

Roque said the ID would help promote national security as it would become easier to verify one’s identity and single out criminals or terrorists.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, principal sponsor of the measure in the Senate, said many Filipinos could expect an easier time transacting with the government.

Lacson noted that there were 33 different forms of “functional” ID cards issued by government agencies.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon thanked the President for signing the measure and likewise gave assurance that it had enough safeguards to protect an individual’s privacy.

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, principal author of the House measure, said the new law would benefit the poor and residents of far-flung communities who had been experiencing difficulties in securing proof of identity.

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Like many things with the government, I have been waiting for this to come to reality. Kudos to Duterte and lawmakers to finally craft and pass this into law. It is about time!

Now I do not have to show a gazillion of IDs to prove me is me.

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Duterte fires entire Nayong Pilipino board
(philstar.com) - August 7, 2018 - 12:50pm


MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has sacked the board members and officials of Nayong Pilipino Foundation for supposedly approving a “disadvantageous” lease contract with a foreign company.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement in a press briefing Tuesday.

Roque said that Duterte expressed exasperation over the continuing corruption in the administration in Monday’s Cabinet meeting.

“He cited the case of Nayong Pilipino, which leased government property for a ridiculously long period of time, 70 years, beyond the lifetime of anyone,” Roque said.

Duterte found the contract “grossly disadvantageous to the government,” the president’s mouthpiece said.

“He therefore announced that he was sacking all members of the board and management of Nayong Pilipino,” Roque said.

The president also plans to cancel the Nayong Pilipino lease contract, Roque added

He, however, did not specify the lease deal that Nayong Pilipino officials entered into.

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I hope the contract, if proven to be one-sided and disadvantageous to the govt after due examination, is canceled.


...also that the whole board charged in court.

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