Similar to other business concerns that have ran out of patrons due to the lockdown and the overall gloom as a result of the pandemic, Human Rights Watch (HRW), the New York-based pseudo libertarian group, had to resort to gimmicks to keep the till ringing.
Out of nowhere, it came up with a long report compiling interviews on families of supposed extrajudicial killing (EJK) victims at a time when the campaign it has sponsored — along with the yellow mob at the International Criminal Court (ICC) — is falling apart after Jude Sabio, the estranged henchman of putschist Antonio Trillanes IV, who filed the “crimes against humanity” case on President Rody Duterte and his men, withdrew his complaint.
ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, for unknown reasons, still indicated that the tribunal is proceeding with the preliminary examination of the allegations against Rody and his top officials.
The Philippines had also ceased to be part of the ICC after Rody withdrew the country from the Rome Statute in 2018, stating that the process to accession was defective and that the Philippines, in effect, was never part of the ICC.
Bensouda’s liberal bias was exposed by the United States State Department in her assertion of jurisdiction over Israel in its long-drawn conflict with Palestine.
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo even branded the ICC as “a political tool that makes a mockery of the law and due process.”
“The ICC is a political body, not a judicial institution. This unfortunate reality has been confirmed yet again by the ICC Prosecutor’s attempt to assert jurisdiction over Israel, which like the United States, is not a party to the Rome Statute that created the Court,” Pompeo explained.
HRW, in turn, is lending its hand to keep the interest of its Western liberal billionaire supporters burning.
Rody is part of the so-called strongmen circle which rich liberal democrats are opposed to and who they wanted removed in the global order.
The 48-page report, disparagingly titled “‘Our Happy Family Is Gone’: Impact of the ‘War on Drugs’ on Children in the Philippines,” supposedly recounts the plight of children whose parents or guardians had been killed amid the anti-narcotics campaign.
“Many children have suffered psychological distress, and all experienced economic hardship made worse by the death of a family breadwinner,” the report claimed.
Moreover, it surmised the increased poverty and trauma have led many children to leave school or compelled them to work.
“Some children who lost a family member have faced bullying in their school and community. Some were forced to live in the streets,” the report went.
What was not included in the report was the actual situation in which the country was close to becoming a narco state as a result of the neglect from the previous regime, and that necessitated comprehensive actions to reverse the dangerous inroads of drug syndicates.
The report, however, is a rehash of similar supposed researches on the war on drugs and EJK that HRW and other backers of the former administration periodically comes up with.
To Filipinos, except for the small minority of hardcore anti-Duterte critics, the war on drugs had changed the social landscape and allowed Filipinos to enjoy life without fear of falling a victim to a crime.
The peace of mind persisted until the recent coronavirus outbreak and despite the vested interest-fueled attack from those working to oust Rody.
Virus or not, the foes of Rody won’t hold back their lies.