Dispatch from Crame No. 342: Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s question for the Consultative Committee


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I have a question for the Consultative Committee.

How come the phrase “human rights” is no longer found in the Article on Declaration of Principles and State Policies?

Sec. 11, Art. II of the 1987 Constitution reads:

“The State values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for *human rights*.” (Emphasis ours)

On the other hand, its equivalent provision in the proposed Federal Constitution goes this way:

Sec. 13 Art. II – “The Federal Republic values the dignity of every person and guarantees full respect for the person and the right of all citizens to participate in all government processes.”

Was the deletion of “human rights” deliberate? If so, why? ###

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