Here’s A Little Refresher About Knowing your Human Rights
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, December 10, 2019 4:58pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
We have rights as humans—rights that will keep us from being abused and violated. And every person, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status, are entitled to live a life with dignity and security. In our country, we have our own bill of rights made to protect its citizens.
You exercise some of our rights but you are probably unaware some are really under law. We are here to help open eyes about our rights as citizens of the Philippines and as human beings.
The Right to Life
Every Filipino has a right to live, even the unborn. This part of the bill of rights protects the life, liberty, and property of every citizen. They shouldn’t be deprived of the mentioned without due to process.
The Privacy of Communication and Correspondence
People are social animals and it is a must for us to communicate with other people. But that doesn’t mean we want someone to snoop on our conversations with friends or families—whether through the mouth, paper, or signals. The right to private talks is under our bill of rights. It is unlawful to secretly eavesdrop or record a communication without due permission.
Free Exercise of Religious Profession Without Discrimination
The Philippines has a diverse culture but our diversity only gives us more reasons to be open about different traditions, beliefs, and religions. Our country entitles everyone to practice their ways of worship without harm and discrimination.
Non-Imprisonment for Debts
Yes, you read it right. No one can put you to prison due to debts. Still, your creditors can haul you into court where you will explain how you will settle your debts, especially when you have a pretty high penalty. And just so you know, swindling (using deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions) is another story—someone can actually sue you for that.
Free Access to Court
Poverty shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to access to courts. No one should be denied legal assistance regardless of social class. We have public attorneys that provide counsel to the indigent sector in times of need.
The Liberty of Abode
The liberty of abode means a person has the right to travel wherever they wish. So if you like to travel all over the country or all over the world, you are exercising one of your rights. But of course, this freedom to travel applies except in the interest of national security, public safety or public health, as may be provided by law.
Right to Political Beliefs and Aspirations
During the Martial Law era, people were imprisoned or tortured if they oppose the Marcos administration. When democracy reigned in the country once more, we have the freedom to express our beliefs, including political ones.
These are only some of the long list of our rights. We have the right to exercise each one of them. Because of these rights, we can live life to the fullest with the assurance and protection of the state. Click here to know more about the bill of rights.