[Statement] BALAY’s Stand Point on the 2019 National Elections

As an organization of human rights defenders, Balay endorses the following 10-point agenda for the 2019 national election along with their critical aspects which, from its perspective, could be used as a yardstick by voters in making an informed decision on who among the candidates to support and whom to reject.

From a human rights standpoint, power should not be given to any politician who will only serve to perpetuate violence, instil a climate of fear, sow discord in public administration and justify it as populist politics. Neither should authority to govern and craft public policy be accorded to those who would only promote despotism and dynastic rule, keep the wide economic and political disparity and sustain the elitist power differential in the country. Governance is too precious to be left alone in the hands of those who seek to erase social justice provisions from the fundamental law of the land, and deliver our national patrimony, economy, and sovereignty at the portals of geopolitical hegemons.

With these guidelines, Balay encourages organizations and individual advocates to take part in the effort to promote a meaningful discourse so that the public could elect the next set of public servants with the human rights perspective in mind. National and local candidates are likewise urged to take these agenda as part of their advocacy and policy for governance.

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