Atty. Atilano, the Director of the Human Rights Protection Office of the Commission on Human Rights, discusses the role of CHR in upholding the right to life.
The Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (OADAA) of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) initiated a forum on extrajudicial killings entitled “Bato-Bato sa Langit, Ang Tamaa’y Patay? A Forum on Extrajudicial Killings” held on 07 September from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, in Palma Hall 207. The forum was conceived to tackle relevant concepts and issues in relation to extrajudicial killings from the points-of-view of the Commission on Human Rights and political science.
The program was facilitated by Assistant Professor Arlyn P. Macapinlac with opening remarks by Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay. The event was highlighted by two speakers, Atty. Flora C. Atilano, Director of the Human Rights Protection Office of the Commission on Human Rights, and Assistant Professor Dennis Quilala of the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman. The speakers were introduced by Associate Professor Ma. Theresa T. Payongayong, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, CSSP. The forum was well-attended by students, faculty and staff (139 total attendees) of the university.
Atty. Atilano discussed the role of the Commission on Human Rights, the rights of the individual which is the right to life (General Comment No. 6, Art. 6, ICCPR), the legal bases of the right to life, the definition of extrajudicial killings and its different forms. Asst. Prof. Dennis Quilala raised five points during his lecture: the context on why President Duterte became the president; the relationship of extrajudicial killings on human rights; the Duterte narrative; the question on whether a strong state and human right co-exist; and the conclusion, i.e. human dignity and the right to life should not be taken for granted in the name of achieving a strong state.
Before ending the program, Asst. Prof. Dennis Quilala challenged the students to participate in the programs of the Commission on Human Rights where they can serve as volunteers or interns.
A student from the audience asks a question during the Open Forum.
Asst. Prof. Dennis Quilala raises five points during his lecture.