[Statement] On the possible political interference in the disqualification case against Marcos Jr. | PAHRA


The member organizations of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates are all concerned about the revelation of COMELEC Commissioner Guanzon regarding possible political interference in the ongoing disqualification case against Bongbong Marcos. It is clear that for the past nearly six years of the Duterte regime, big political players aligned with the current regime have been influencing the dispositions of those who represent Philippine institutions which are mandated to provide balance in government.

These deliberate and purposeful intrusions have crippled our democratic institutions and eroded their independence. Through this expose, we bear witness to the emasculation of non-partisan Constitutional Commission officials.

If this blatant disrespect for impartial procedures is shamelessly done at this stage, there is no doubt that these political forces will also undertake underhanded measures to influence the outcome of the elections. We are bound to repeat the massive fraud of the Marcos Dictatorship era. This should be of grave concern for all Filipinos since our collective suffering-not just being deprived of the basic requirements for a life of dignity but also a fair, just, and honest system of governance, all due to these powerful and dishonest families.

Hence, there is a need for us to work hand in hand to Counter the Return of and Say Never Again to the Marcoses and Dutertes, Conduct an Open Campaign Against Fraud in the upcoming elections, and Demand that candidates substantially discuss how peoples and human rights figure into their political platforms. In line with this, the various member organizations of PAHRA will be launching the Alliance’s Human Rights Electoral Agenda with a contingent Never Again and Anti-Fraud Campaign soon.


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