Manila Bulletin writer urges politicians: Ginagawang “political weapon” ang human rights eh

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s term is plagued with allegations of human rights violations, so much so it garnered the attention of international communities and international media, and brought legal actions against Duterte in various courts.


But Manila Bulletin columnist Tonyo Cruz raised an interesting point when he said that human rights violations against Lumads, Hacienda Luisita farmers, and other figures during the Aquino administration did not receive much media spotlight, especially locally.

Additionally, politicians that time were not as vocal about extrajudicial killings even when it was rampant enough to garner international concern.

Cruz’s concern was about current politicians, and even media outlets, who incessantly bring up extrajudicial killings and human rights issues against Duterte which they were mostly mum about in the previous years.

It seems like political interest has motivated a concern for human rights and Cruz said that those who politicize grave and serious issues should be segregated so that the real advocates for human rights may come at front and act.




In his full post on Facebook, Cruz said,

“Excuse me po. 


Noong panahon nina GMA at PNoy, ang daming bumulagtang journalists, lawyers, activists,environmentalists, farmers at Lumads. Napakarami. Sa sobrang dami, nagpuntahan na dito sa Pilipinas yung UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings at iba pang international observers. Yung isang buntis na detainee — porke anak ng isang kumander — hinayaang malaglagan ng bata at pinagkaitan ng appropriate medical attention.


Napakahirap kumuha ng atensyon noon para iprotesta ang extrajudicial killings. Napakahirap. Maliban na lang kung kakilala nila yung mga namatay. Partida, mga “democrats” yung mga pangulo noon.


Marami pa ring pamilya ng desaparecido na naghahanap ng kamag-anak, at may 500 tatay, nanay, tito, tita, ate at kuya na political detainees hanggang ngayon. Tapos, sino ang nakalimot na ng Lumads at Kidapawan farmers?


Excuse me lang talaga. Biglang naging uso ngayon ang pagbabanta laban sa extrajudicial killings. Ginagawang “political weapon” ang human rights eh. Parang seasonal flavor lang. Parang biglang tinubuan ng puso ang mga political aswang  na dati ay walang masabi, hinayaan lang bumulagta yung daan-daan na, or tumulong pa sa pagjustify ng killings.


Di ko minamaliit yung mga kababayan nating concerned talaga lalo na at krimen ang pinopokusan ngayon ng administrasyon. Pero sana ihiwalay natin yung mga gumagamit lang ng human rights for cheap, partisan, political reasons. Masyado din naman silang obvious at malalaman natin ang totoo pag nanawagan na tayo ng “justice for all”, “free political prisoners”, “surface the desaparecidos”  — regardless of who is the president and especially under presidents who are supposedly “democrats”. Try niyo, they will recoil like aswangs do.


Then say: Excuse me po.”

Source: Tonyo Cruz

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