Karapatan on Malacañang’s response to recent UN official’s statement

Foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano’s statement justifying the Philippine government’s absurd, arbitrary, and vengeful inclusion of the name of UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli Corpuz in the Philippine Justice Department proscription list smacks of distorted reasoning. 
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's take on the issue is more or less an echo of Cayetano's, superfluously lauding himself for his "restraint" from responding to critics and UN officials using foul language. What luck we have to be up against two outstanding, self-righteous government stooges who extol Duterte as the country's savior. 

Cayetano and Roque attribute information on Tauli Corpuz’s “alleged links,” her “membership in or association with the CPP-NPA”  as well as that of other persons in the said list to the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, two of the most notorious institutions in the country known for their disdain for people’s rights and for being human rights violators. Throughout the years, these two entities have created hitlist after hitlist, with the DOJ list as the recent example, of groups and individuals. Persons in such lists are made vulnerable to surveillance and threats, leading to numerous cases of extrajudicial killings, torture, illegal arrests and other rights violations in line with counterinsurgency programs and the drug war. These lists were created arbitrarily, with no consideration for the people’s right to due process and in violation of their right to freedom of association and expression. Despite this, Cayetano and Roque are dangerously peddling the narrative to the public that these information are foolproof.

What Cayetano has deliberately failed to mention is the fact that Tauli Corpuz was subjected to Malacanang’s vitriol after she spoke out on human rights violations against indigenous peoples under Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao. Cayetano and Roque had the gall to cry foul over UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein’s alleged “irresponsible and disrespectful comments” against Duterte, when all their boss has ever done was to resort to ad hominem insults against those who call him out on his grave human rights record, including UN independent experts like Agnes Callamard. Roque and Cayetano themselves have mouths steeped in grime and garbage, hurling slanderous statements to national officials considered opposition and against human rights advocates. Indeed, the apple does not fall far from the tree. 

The two outstanding government stooges also infer that UN High Commissioner Zeid is being taken for a ride by Tauli-Corpuz and those engaged in “a well-orchestrated effort to destabilize” the Duterte government. What is conveniently left out is the fact that before the international community which have been in an uproar on the human rights situation in the Philippines, Duterte has already become a pariah among state leaders. UN human rights entities are seeing through the government’s lies, immediately exposed by Duterte’s very own pronouncements inciting human rights abuses. Duterte himself is his main destabilizer. All delusions that his administration is facing destabilization from different forces are paranoid and desperate accusations, considering Duterte's brand of self-destructive governance. 

Finally, Cayetano once again exults Duterte as a State leader who deserves emulation - the kind of propaganda which is as nauseous as that which exults fascists like Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. Cayetano once again proves the disgusting kind of cult machinery that drives the Duterte administration - the kind that whitewashes Duterte’s crimes by elevating him as a demi-god. Filipinos who experience the brunt of Duterte’s anti-people policies easily see through these kinds of propaganda, amid all the distortions and lies peddled by this administration.


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