Buti pa si Bono! De Lima lauds U2 frontman for speaking up on human rights
President Duterte can only ignore Bono, U2’s frontman and activist, at his “own peril.”
Senator Leila de Lima made the remark on Wednesday after Bono reminded Duterte that there can be no compromise on human rights.
“You cannot dilute, pollute, or refute the universality and primacy of human rights,” De Lima said.
“It is every one’s right – as it is every one’s duty – to stand up for every one’s dignity,” the detained senator said.
De Lima earlier deplored that “rising authoritarian regimes and increasing vulnerability to climate change are among the signs of the times that confront the youth to speak out in defense of human rights.”
“We should do all that we can to ensure they are heard and included,” the opposition senator said.
She deplored that in the Philippines, 74 children were killed in the government’s so-called war on drugs, while up to 32,000 were left orphaned.
“With this year marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, let us address the gaps in our commitment to uphold every child’s right to grow up with security and happiness,” she said.
De Lima has also urged the youth to defend the victims of injustice. “Stand up for human rights for your sake, and that of the generations to come.”