I will value human rights– Binay

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Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday said his administration will value human rights by “advocating life” rather than “promote death.”

In a statement following the gathering of religious group El Shaddai at the Amvel Compound in Parañaque City, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer said that he dedicated his life to fighting for the poor as a former human rights lawyer during martial law.

“My presidency will be one that respects and upholds the dignity of women, children and the marginalized. My presidency will promote respect for human rights and the value of life,” Binay said.

Earlier, pro-life groups under the Buhay party-list and the Ang Pro-Life party-list such as the Servants Community, Courage Philippines, Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, and other pro-life and Christian Catholic organizations threw their support behind Binay.

Buhay party-list (Buhay Hayaang Yumabong) is the party-list of El Shaddai.

“On May 9, the Filipino people are challenged to choose between two directions that are morally and spiritually contradictory. Our choice could define the direction our nation will take in the next six years, and dictate the future of our grandchildren, our children, and the next generation of Filipinos,” Binay said.

“I speak of a serious challenge to our deeply held Christian values. I speak of a choice between good and evil. I speak of a choice between those who advocate life and those who promote death,” he added.

Binay said that he prays that voters will choose “leaders who are committed to breaking the cycle of violence in our nation.” He has been a staunch critic of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s platform of governance, which promotes the use of violence in ending criminality.

“As Christians, we believe that human life has a transcendent value in the eyes of God. The Bible counsels us to view the body as the temple of God and Christ-like behavior leaves no room for violence. Violence only begets violence. That is why I stand firm in my belief that violence as a platform of governance oppresses the poor, the dispossessed, and the powerless,” Binay stressed.

What the nation needs is a compassionate government that would put an end to poverty by providing their needs, he added.

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