Bias overflows

The marks of the left and their sanctimonious allies were all over the report.

A check on the contents of the fourth Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council validated Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla’s view of its “reprehensible” proposals.

The Department of Justice’s head was diplomatic in making the understatement since many parts of the report are outright deplorable and showed those who drafted it are influenced by the conceited yellow chameleons who campaigned in pink for former Vice President Leni Robredo who was thrashed in the recent presidential race.

The marks of the left and their sanctimonious allies were all over the report.

One portion of the report was particularly insulting to the government and the nation as it took up the “extremely lengthy pretrial detention of former Senator Leila de Lima since 2017”.

It mentioned politically-motivated charges, such as rebellion and sedition, brought against opposition members, such as former Senator Antonio Trillanes and Robredo.

The sedition case against Trillanes is ongoing but that on Robredo has been dismissed. The sweeping allegation in the report was an indication that it has a propaganda aim in collusion with the destabilizers who continue to lie in wait for an opportune time to spring another power grab.

“We noticed that there are a lot of civil society organizations that were critical of what we were doing, but these are the same organizations that go to Europe to destroy the image of our country,” Remulla said of the heavy participation of the critics in the annual review.

“I don’t think they have any other agenda but to destroy our country and give our people a hard time,” the Philippine representative in the UN assembly in Geneva said.

The report on the Philippines which was likely drafted by the European financiers of the overbearing mob said the government “should refrain from using criminal laws as a tool to harass, intimidate and exclude members of the opposition from meaningful participation in public life and electoral processes.”

They should have been apprised of how their pink allies splurged money in the recent campaigns but were practically wiped out.

The report then unveiled its real objective which is to spring suspected drug offender De Lima from detention.

The paper suggested that the government take the necessary steps to “end the prolonged pretrial detention of former Senator Leila de Lima, including through granting her bail and to ensure that her trial and trials of other opposition members are conducted without delay and with the respect of due process rights.”

It was as if the authors of the UN report wanted to teach the government the steps it must take to get a paten of approval.

Also apparently referring to “Nobel laureate” Maria Ressa, founder of online news outfit Rappler, the report wanted the government to “review and revise the SEC Memorandum Circular 15 of 2018, to ensure the respect of freedom of association”.

It touched on “the killing of journalists, including radio journalist Percival Mabasa, with impunity.”

It also expressed particular “alarm” at the denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal and the revocation of the certificates of incorporation of Rappler that revealed where the authors lean.

If not for the endorsement of the UN, the report would have read as a manifesto of the anti-Marcos and anti-Duterte hordes.

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