19 July 2010
The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) expresses its full support to FDC Vice President and former Rep. Loretta Ann Rosales as candidate for the Chairpersonship of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). Rosalesâ€™ entry to the CHR would serve to broaden governmentâ€™s consciousness on human rights, pushing it beyond the issue of political rights to include economic, social, and cultural rights which Rosales ardently advocated and campaigned for.
Rosalesâ€™ advocacy on the right to water as FDC Vice President has been exemplary. Together with the rest of FDC, Rosales pushed the signing of the Optional Protocol to the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) which is to enable civil society participation in the full realization of governmentâ€™s commitment to respect, protect, promote, and fulfill economic, social and cultural rights. This includes the human right to water as defined by General Comment 15 of UN Committee on ESCR.
Rosales also actively engaged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to end Wholesale Electricity Supply Marketâ€™s (WESM) price manipulation and the Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC) hearing investigating high electricity prices, both of which threaten to erode the human right to access electricity.Â Finally, Rosales represented civil society groups in hearings by the House Committee on Appropriations to lobby for increased spending for education, health and other social services so social rights can be progressively realized.
FDC believes that Rosalesâ€™ appointment as Chairperson of CHR will contribute to pushing the government of Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino government towards a pro-people direction.