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WHY DIGONG DUTERTE HATES HUMAN RIGHTS

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November 7, 2016

WHY DIGONG DUTERTE HATES HUMAN RIGHTS

By Arturo P. Garcia

A noted professor Vicente Rafael based in Seattle asked the question, “Why does Duterte get angry at those who criticize him for human rights violations?”

It should be noted that President Duterte has so much contempt for human rights that he even bad-mouthed the US President Obama, the European Union and even the United Nations.

Rafael explained, “ Perhaps, it is because he feels that criticisms of his actions amount to violating his right as a sovereign to violate the right of some in order to protect the lives of others.”

It has been a problem for Duterte that the United States considers respect for human rights as one of the bedrock of its foreign policy. And now he is conducting a war of attrition by words against the U.S.

Rafael also noted that, It’s not hard to see how Duterte and his critics occupy two different worlds: for the latter, a post-1945 world of rights meant to constrain fascist and revolutionary excess; for the former, an older world of authoritarian nobility (some would say datu-ship) that draws on fascist discourse and revolutionary martyrdom to do away with any constraints.

While his critics install human rights as a key foundation of governance, Duterte sees it as a hindrance and prefers instead the force of his personality articulated thru extra-judicial methods to define his regime.

So long as Duterte remains wedded to the idea that social problems like drugs are matters of war, he will insist on his right to act on his own terms rather than on the basis of the human rights of those he acts upon.”

This is the precisely the reason why the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) , a constitutionally mandated, independent commission is the favorite whipping boy of PRRD. He even minimized it and asked the military and the police “ not to care for the HRC”. A blatant call for impunity and utter disrespect for a constitutionally mandated body.

On a highly personal reason, it was reported that he was denied a visa to visit to the United States in 2009 due to his involvement on reported “ human rights violations” regarding the “Davao Death Squads.” The CHR under Leila De Lima initiated that.

When the CHR was formed after the 1986 People’s Power Revolution that deposed Marcos as a dictator, the foremost question of many police and military was “ how about our human rights.” And they add like what PRRD usually says, “ how about the rights of the victims of drugs?”

These underscores the very low regards for the concept of human rights and its necessity in the present world. Many people who refused to see the reason that respect for human rights was a result of the abuses and genocides of the last wars that caused so many death and disregard for humanity.

Thus it was enshrined in the United Nations Charter in 1948 and was enriched by the many conferences on human rights as results of many neo-colonial wars and people’s struggle in the 1960’s that beset the world like in Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda,South Africa and Vietnam and in the particular experience of the 14 year of martial law l in the Philippines.

And yet some personalities who like to be dictators or some who emulate their idol, the fallen dictator Marcos and those who want to bury him with honors and would like to revise history, never learned anything from the past. They rather make fun of human rights and dismiss it as obstacles to their reign and realm.

What is sad thing is that some of them are supposed to uphold the law and are lawyers. They can twist and explain the law as they see it fit but what they cannot get away with is the judgment of history.

And the goddess of history is cruel and brutal.

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CLEAR COMMUNICATIONS, NOT JOKES ON GOVERNANCE–NUJP

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November 07, 2016

CLEAR COMMUNICATIONS, NOT JOKES ON GOVERNANCE–NUJP

Los Angeles–The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines is aghast over a Palace suggestion, as reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a tweet, that “media should undergo a briefing from Davao-based media to be able tell if the Pres. is making fun of an issue or if he’s serious.”

The NUJP was reacting to the suggestion of Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, after President Rodrigo Duterte said his remark that God had asked him to stop cursing or he would bring the plane down on way home from a three-day official trip in Japan was just a joke.

The NUJP called Andanar’s suggestion “egregious” and a “gross insult” not only to journalists but to the President himself

“What Malacañang is basically saying is that the President is so incapable of coherence that he requires divination by an exclusive clique that enjoys a level of kinship anathema to a profession that demands a modicum of distance from its subjects,” NUJP said in a statement.

Clear Message Needed

NUJP maintained that it is the duty of government leaders to “speak clearly that the governed may understand, unequivocally, the messages and edicts they wish to impart. “

“To suggest that the responsibility for discerning the intent of a message that is garbled to begin with belongs to the audience is pure disdain for that audience. We reiterate here what we have previously been stressing-the burden of clarity of official pronouncements is with the President and his alter egos,” it added.

Citing Duterte’s advice in the campaign trail, Andanar reminded journalists to learn how to know discern when he is joking and when he is serious by consulting Davao-based media. “We hope those tips can be of help,” Andanar said.

But Davao journalists were among those who reported the President’s supposed conversation with God on cursing. JE/rga
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WHY DIGONG DUTERTE HATES HUMAN RIGHTS

EPCC NEWS
November 7, 2016

WHY DIGONG DUTERTE HATES HUMAN RIGHTS

By Vicente Rafael

( Editor’s Note: We published this Facebook post by Vicente Rafael for our readers. Editing is ours.)

Why does Duterte get angry at those who criticize him for human rights violations?Mysterious-image-appeared-onPH-flag-during-Dutertes-inaugural-speech

Perhaps, it is because he feels that criticisms of his actions amount to violating his right as a sovereign to violate the right of some in order to protect the lives of others.

Critics of Duterte assume that human rights are universal and trans-historical, protected by both the state and civil society.

Self-righteouness

Duterte’s brutal response consists in saying, in effect, that I am in a state of war, not peace, and so I must fight. I must kill or be killed so that others might live. You who criticize me cannot see that my violence is pure. It is disinterested and sacrificial, meant to cleanse society with the blood of the guilty. So how dare you tell me in public that I am wrong.

For I am right because I have the right to take away the lives of those who threaten to take our lives. By criticizing me, you seek only to take away my freedom to act, the very same freedom you claim for yourselves.

Worse, you seek to humiliate me, and so do violence to my character and honor. I can only return the favor by cursing you, paying you back with my violent language and intent.

Two Different Worlds

It’s not hard to see how Duterte and his critics occupy two different worlds: for the latter, a post-1945 world of rights meant to constrain fascist and revolutinary excess; for the former, an older world of authoritarian nobility (some would say datu-ship) that draws on fascist discourse and revolutionary martyrdom to do away with any constraints.

While his critics install human rights as a key foundation of governance, Duterte sees it as a hindrance and prefers instead the force of his personality articulated thru extra-judicial methods to define his regime.

So long as Duterte remains wedded to the idea that social problems like drugs are matters of war, he will insist on his right to act on his own terms rather than on the basis of the human rights of those he acts upon.

Digong’s State of Emergency

And so long as he’s able to sustain the narrative that society is in a state of emergency, and so long as people believe it, he’ll be able to use the State to impose his will and still retain his popularity.

Things will change once people stop believing in this story. But it’s hard to say when or even if that will happen. Since dead bodies keep turning up every night, it does feel like you’re in a state of war.

Unleashing the police, rival gangs and assorted hired killers, Duterte produces the very conditions of crisis he claims to be fighting.

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