2010 Elections: Senatorial Bets’ Stand Regarding the People’s Agenda

2. Human rights. Will they end the policies giving rise to human rights violations?

Franklin Drilon

“ALL Filipinos want to live peacefully in a safe and secure society free from social injustice. Given that, solutions to resolve our long-standing peace and order problems must be firmly anchored on the importance of human lives. Justice is not a luxury. Justice is not an abstract concept. It is a right enjoyed by every Filipino regardless of his/her economic and social status. If elected, I am committed to resuming my role as the people’s defender in the Senate.”


Satur Ocampo

Implement the UN Special Rapporteur’s recommendations to put a stop to extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and other human rights atrocities;

Compensate the martial law human rights victims and indemnify all other human rights victims, free all political prisoners.


Pushed for the passage of the Anti-Torture Law, filed the most number of bills and resolutions on human rights. This include Repeal of RA 9372 or the Human Security Act, Martial Law Victims Compensation Act, Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act, National Day of Remembrance Act (in memory of the martyrs of the martial law era), Anti-torture Act (now RA 9745), Human Rights Clearance Act, Act Defining Certain Rights of Human Rights Defenders

Liza Maza

I will continue to defend human rights the way I did as a representative of a marginalized sector and as a human rights activist. I will put a stop to the political repression of activists, journalists, lawyers and critics of government and prosecute the perpetrators of atrocities against them.

Pushed for the passage of the Anti-Torture Law, filed the most number of bills and resolutions on human rights.

Gilbert Remulla

Promises to protect the rights of journalists by prioritizing the Magna Carta for Journalists and promoting the “Stop Killing Journalists” Advocacy Campaign


Gwen Pimentel

“If elected to the Senate, I will work towards making the armed forces and the police force adhere strictly to internationally recognized human rights standards,” Pimentel said


J.V. Bautista

(We need) democratic reforms. Strengthening of democratic rights of the people until the Barangay levels.

Juan Ponce Enrile

Said that military officers should be charged in court if they really tortured and molested the Morong 43 health workers they apprehended.


He pushed for the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Law

Jinggoy Estrada

Torture and involuntary disappearances, and other human rights abuses, have to be addressed squarely and urgently. Laws penalizing acts of torture and involuntary disappearances, strengthening the Commission on Human Rights, and establishing a Commission on Missing Persons, as well as Barangay Human Rights Action Center, are definite steps in this direction.

He pushed for the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Law

Jose Apolinario Lozada Jr

“Human rights in this country has been taken for granted. For once, let’s punish the guilty and implement it to the letter.”

Danny Lim

“Certainly. This will fall under my legislative agenda on peace and order seeking reforms in the justice system.”

Ramon Revilla

He pushed for the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Law

Risa Hontiveros

In 2006, supported the Control Arms campaign and challenged the government to stop buying small arms and light weapons (SALW) to create stricter laws in regulating firearms and to stop the killing of journalists and activists

Challenged the government to renounce militarist framework in solving armed conflict and implement security sector reforms

Pushed for bills concerning the issue of human rights

Ralph Recto

In favor of the abolition of Death Penalty and Juvenile Justice System

(On the issue of extra-judicial killings) he said that US’s offer (to help) is one thing we cannot refuse, but we must draw the line on U.S. personnel doing actual sleuthing since it would be a travesty of our sovereignty.” He also suggested that the U.S. could contribute forensic equipments for free or on credit, even if they are hand-me-downs. And that, “The US can help us solve all killings, not just politically-motivated ones, if they can give us, either for free or on credit, equipment, like CSI-type crime labs that can elevate the forensic skills of our lawmen”

Ruffy Biazon

In favor of Death Penalty

Sponsored Anti-torture Act Of 2008, Internal Displacement Act Of 2008, Anti-enforced Or Involuntary Disappearance Act Of 2008, The Anti-Child Exploitation Law of 2007 and The Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2007

Teofisto Guingona III

Promised to make human rights the foundation of the government

Sonia Roco

Pushes for the right of teachers

Stand against Human Security Act as it only legitimizes killings

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Pushed for the enactment of the Anti-Torture Law

Pia Cayetano

Linked the military’s counter insurgency program to the mounting human rights violations.

Denounced the death of Rebelyn Pitao. “The case of Rebelyn Pitao, an ordinary civilian whose only link to the NPA is her being the daughter of a top rebel commander, strikes at the core of the state’s failure to protect human rights and women’s rights.”


Susan Ople

Became involved in advocacies against human trafficking and in providing assistance to OFW cases.

Wrote columns on labor rights.


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