Nakapanlulumo. That’s how I feel about the resolution recently adopted at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
The resolution fell short to take concrete steps to end the summary killings and is tantamount to absolving a murderous regime of its crimes against humanity. Hindi matitigil ng malabnaw at mababaw na mga hakbang ang laganap na karahasang ipinaiiral ng mga lasing sa kapangyarihan.
It has been more than four years and Duterte’s bloodlust has still not been satiated. More than twenty thousand murders and counting, and hundreds of cases of attacks on government critics, activists, and human rights defenders, done with brazen impunity. Do we really expect this regime to stop the carnage and submit to technical cooperation and capacity building programs to promote the rights that it has been blatantly violating? No, we cannot tame a rabid mass murderer that is Duterte.
We should therefore confront this issue tenaciously, with the goal of disarming and dismantling all the tools and evil mechanisms which promote violence and impunity. We need to be more vigilant and well-informed in order not to be swayed by the deceptions and lies of government operators who curry favor with Duterte for selfish political interests. We vigorously assert our call for an independent international probe into the human rights crisis that continues to wreak havoc in our country. ###
Access the handwritten copy of Dispatch from Crame No. 940, here: https://issuu.com/senatorleilam.delima/docs/dispatch_940