Jinggoy Stresses Pro-Active 'Rights' Measures

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MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada has urged the government to observe a "truly pro-active measures" which would ensure respect and promotion of human rights, especially of the Filipino masses who, he noted, are frequently the primary victims of human rights violations.Estrada made the reaction as the world observes International Human Rights Day (IHRD) this Friday, marking the day of the 1948 United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)."Human rights are the supreme inherent and inalienable rights to life, to dignity, and to self-development, encompassing the areas of civil, political, economic, social and cultural aspects of each person's existence," said Estrada, chair of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development and the joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Labor and Employment."But it is ironic that despite the many laws of our land and the several international declarations and agreements on human rights, violations of these rights persist in our country, and in majority of these instances, the masses - the poor, those lacking in formal education and those living in far-flung and less-developed parts of our country - are usually the victims," he lamented. …