Colmenares questions Panelo’s logic in slamming UNHRC reso
Former Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Neri Colmenares made a case against presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s argument that the recently approved United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution on the Philippines is invalid.
According to Colmenares, Panelo argued that the UNHRC resolution did not gain the majority vote because only 18 out of 47 member-countries voted in favor of it.
Fifteen countries voted against the resolution, while 14 abstained.
“That’s wrong. If there are more votes for yes than those who voted no, the legal rule is the yes have it,” said Colmenares.
Sabi ni Sec. Panelo 18 lang ang nag-approve while 15 against pero dahil 14 abstained, hindi daw valid ang UNHRC resolution dahil hindi majority ang nag approve. That’s wrong. If there are more votes for yes than those who voted no, the legal rule is the yes have it.
— Neri Colmenares (@ColmenaresPH) July 12, 2019
“Otherwise maraming batas ang invalid dahil majority lang of those who constitute a quorum ang bumoto sa batas. But the rule has always been the one with more votes than the other wins,” he added.
Colmenares, following Panelo’s logic also asked: Does this mean that President Duterte is not a “valid president” because his 16 million votes out of more than 50 million voters did not represent the majority?