Human Rights chairperson Leila De Lima expressed concern yesterday over the effects of corruption activities in the country as they entail grave human rights violations, particularly on an individual's economic, social, and cultural rights.
Speaking before representatives of the international community, Philippine government agencies, and the judiciary, De Lima said corruption in the country has been breeding "grave" human rights violations, particularly among Filipinos in the vulnerable sector.
She issued the statement during the two-day First Integrity and Human Rights Conference in Manila, convened by the Commission on Human Rights, Business for Integrity and Stability of our Nation, United Nations Development Program, and Transparency International-Philippines.
"For many years, the problem of corruption had always been viewed as a bane to economic freedom, an impediment to free market capitalism and a black mark on the investment environment of the country. It had been viewed almost solely as hindrance to economic growth and progress, the perennial aspiration of all developing nations such as ourselves. Corruption infects more than just the government. It infects nearly all aspects of our lives," De Lima said.
She said corruption activities lead to inadequate services for the vulnerable sector, such as the poor, indigenous peoples, and disabled individuals.
"The poor are less educated, have less access to health and economic opportunity, and therefore, are …