Richly-funded Human Rights Watch (HRW) based in New York City but financially juiced up by European endowments and the continuous backing of President Rody Duterte’s Fil-American critics is again zeroing in on Rody.
HRW is now seeking a probe of an “independent commission” that it wanted the government to create to investigate Cebu drug killings as the Osmeñas of the Liberal Party (LP) start to make premature noises for the mid-term elections next year.
The subject of HRW’s plaint, however, is Police Regional Office in Central Visayas Director Debold Sinas who admitted in a radio talk that some police officers work for drug syndicates and were responsible for many of the extrajudicial killings.
Sinas, as a veteran cop, knew what is really transpiring amid the war on drugs and merely gave his frank views that HRW then spinned to its benefit.
The revelations of Sinas were nothing new and did not implicate the police as an organization in the narcotics trade but only some scalawags who were seduced by the lure of drugs money.
The HRW spin, however, was that it has government hands in it to indict the Philippine National Police (PNP) along with Rody as having sponsored the killings based on pure speculations fed by the yellow mob.
The PNP is currently on a top-to-bottom overhaul to cleanse its ranks of rotten eggs.
HRW said Sinas’ statement that “some of the hit men responsible for these killings were most likely… retired military or police officers or there are active police officers” should be probed.
HRW said the police official made the admission following a series of killings in Cebu City and elsewhere in the Visayas “that bore similarities to the drug war murders that began after President Rodrigo Duterte took office in July 2016.”
Aside from the HRW spin, there was nothing in the statement that would merit an investigation of an “independent” body as the meddlesome American group wanted.
Since it came from a high-ranking police officer, the presumption is that what Sinas revealed is already the subject of an investigation.
Also his statement was not even a revelation since Rody himself had stated previously that drug syndicates have recruited policemen and other government officials.
Proof of his unrelenting effort to weed out these narco agents in government is the drugs list which he carries around wherever he goes that also contains the names of PNP men in the narco payroll.
The real score is HRW is considered a highly-politicized body that promotes liberal democratic ideals associated with the local yellow mob.
NGO (non-government organization) Monitor, based in Israel and looks into the operations of groups “claiming to advance human rights and humanitarian agenda,” profiled HRW and found its officials have strong “ideological bias.”
It described HRW as a powerful NGO, “with a massive budget, close links to Western governments and significant influence in international institutions.”
HRW publications, however, reflect “the absence of professional standards, research methodologies and military and legal expertise.”
It added the organization “has a deep-seated ideological bias against Israel” which can also apply on its views against populist leaders like Rody.
Despite hitting out at global abuses and efforts to stifle democratic ideals, NGO Monitor said HRW’s funding is not fully transparent as its website listed only some organizations that provide “partnership and support,” including Open Society Institute, Ford Foundation and the Oak Foundation.
It said in 2017, HRW received $10,000 from Rockefeller Brothers Foundation for its “Israel/Palestine program.” Between 2015 and 2017, HRW received $3.3 million from the Ford Foundation, it added.
“Withdrawal of donor support, as seen in a 15 percent drop in income between 2009 and 2010, was mitigated by a 10-year, $100 million donation from billionaire George Soros announced in September 2010,” it added.
HRW’s probe on alleged Israeli abuses in the Gaza parallels that of its one-sided drugs war probe.
NGO Monitor said HRW disproportionately focuses on condemnations of Israel and that publications related to that country often lack credibility. “HRW also promotes an agenda based solely on the Palestinian narrative of victimization and Israeli aggression,” it said.
In the Philippines, HRW has been accused of soliciting information and data only from the yellow mob.
It uses distorted legal rhetoric to repeatedly accuse Israel of “war crimes, violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, collective punishment and fostering a culture of impunity” which are exactly the same allegations on Rody.
HRW apparently uses a template against targeted leaders like Rody and earns its needed funds in the process.