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11 OCTOBER 2012
Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan addresses the Legal Committee of the United Nations General Assembly during the debate on the Rule of Law.
President Aquino’s Rule of Law platform, achievements highlighted at UN Meeting
NEW YORK, 11 October 2012 – Following Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario’s call for the United Nations “to protect the weak from the strong, to provide for the equality of all sovereign states, and to enshrine the rule of law as the governing principle in regulating international disputes”, the Philippine Mission to the world body highlighted President Benigno Aquino III’s socio-economic achievements through his administration’s rule of law platform.
Addressing the Legal Committee of the UN General Assembly at the debate on the rule of law, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan underlined that the UN’s work on good governance, anti-corruption and the speedy delivery of impartial justice, resonated strongly with the priorities of the Aquino administration.
“They are the bedrock of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth and development”, the Ambassador stressed, adding that President Aquino’s leadership is “proof positive that the rule of law makes good economic sense,” Ambassador Cabactulan said.
The current session of the General Assembly, the UN’s chief deliberative and representative organ, opened last September 25 with a high-level meeting on the rule of law at the national and international level. World leaders discussed how the rule of law can further strengthen the three pillars of the UN, namely, peace and security, to human rights, and to development.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Member States adopted an outcome document outlining the UN’s rule of law priorities in the coming years.
“For many reasons – from the peaceful settlement of disputes to the role of international tribunals, from anti-terrorism to anti-corruption priorities, from sovereign equality to the equality of women and men – the Philippines reiterates its unequivocal support for this document”, Ambassador Cabactulan emphasized.
He stressed that the Philippines’ approach to the rule of law at the international level is through the prism of the peaceful settlement of international disputes, which is the focus of the current president of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic of Serbia.
The UN is poised to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the landmark 1982 Manila Declaration on the Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes, a brainchild of the late Foreign Secretary Carlos Romulo who once served as president of the General Assembly himself.
This year is a milestone for international law, with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea – the “constitution for the oceans” – also celebrating its 30 th anniversary.
“That the UN was founded, and still stands and remains relevant to this day, is probably the greatest achievement of the rule of law at the international level”, according to Ambassador Cabactulan, concluding that, “ This continues to be the Philippines’ vision for the UN, ever since we became a founding member in 1945.” END
Robert E.A. Borje
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