Understanding that the integrity of Philippine elections cannot be left to the government alone, Attorney Carlos Medina Jr., Ateneo Human Rights Center executive director, speaks about the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE). LENTE is a non-partisan election watch group he helped form in 2007 to monitor the then national elections. Composed of lawyers, law students and paralegals, Atty. Medina discusses how LENTE has evolved and expanded its efforts in preparation for the May 2010 elections.
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Leila de Lima analyses the country’s human rights situation. She discusses this as a reminder that the platforms of candidates for national elections must center on what does not change: freedom. Freedom is about the protection of human rights. While there is no country that protects all human rights, there are some that are closer than others. Unfortunately, the Philippines is not one of those nations. She therefore proposes two areas where a solution from the next administration is needed.