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Predictably, like clockwork, the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte immediately jumped at the opportunity to score him for his jest that supposedly acknowledged extra-judicial killings.

Of course, the yellow-backed political opposition as well as its allies in the mainstream media went gaga over Duterte’s statement, trumpeting that it would boost the case against him before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

But it is interesting to note too that both the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard joined the anti-Duterte chorus.

Notwithstanding the Palace clarification of the controversial statement and the context in which it was said, HRW deputy director for Asia division Phelim Kline said Duterte “admitted culpability.” He added that such admission is evidence for the ICC inquiry.

For her part, Callamard took to Twitter to denounce what she called an “extraordinary statement by a head of state.”

While both HRW and Callamard have been vociferous about their criticism of Duterte and his anti-drug campaign their statements pique curiosity because they share a common denominator: their ties to billionaire George Soros.

Yes, it’s the same George Soros whom Duterte accused in November 2016 of funding a plot to paint him as a mass murderer.

HRW has received a $100-million grant from Soros. On the other hand, Callamard served as Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI) from 1998 to 2001.

AI is one of the organizations that received funding support from the Open Society Foundations that Soros established. Last year, the AI in Ireland got into hot water after refusing to return a 137,000 donation from Soros to fund a campaign to overturn the country’s abortion ban.

Both the HRW and the AI are masquerading as champions defending the rights of individuals but in reality are working for the interest of their benefactors.

There is growing criticism against human rights groups such as HRW and AI ranging, with accusations ranging from mere hubris in trying to impose western point of view on other countries to their alleged sinister role in promoting US interests.

Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, pointed out that “human rights were never as universal as people hoped, and the belief that they could be forced upon countries as a matter of international law was shot through with misguided assumptions from the very beginning.”

He added that “human rights enforcement can be corrupted or undermined” because “western countries have strategic interests that are not always aligned” with the position of institutions in non-western countries.

In May 2014 an open letter was published criticizing HRW for its close ties to the government of the United States.

It was signed by Nobel Peace Laureates Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Mairead Corrigan, former UN Assistant Secretary-General Hans von Sponeck, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Richard A. Falk, including over 100 scholars and cultural figures.

Author Samuel Farber also noted that the UN Human Rights Commission “consists of delegations representing the governments of the world that pretend to support human rights while, in fact, they vote for and against resolutions based primarily on considerations of realpolitik.”

Going back to the renewed attacks of HRW and Callamard against Duterte, was it also coincidental that they occurred around the same time the authorities are investigating the alleged “Red October” ouster plot against the President?

The military has arrested several persons and confiscated guns tied to the plot which was hatched by the unholy alliance between the Liberal Party’s “Tindig Pilipinas,” the communists and the group of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

Is it possible that Soros is playing again his human rights cards like HRW and Callamard to support the ouster move against Duterte?

What is clear at the moment is that the incessant attacks of these foreign human rights advocates, who are clueless as to the real situation on the ground, are contributing to efforts to undermine the Duterte administration.

That is abetting the ploy of the yellows and the commies to wrest power from the duly-elected leader of the country. In that aspect, these so-called advocates of human rights are plainly wrong.

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