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Whose human rights Mz De Lima?

Within hours of her being ejected from her head chair on the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) was demanding Leila de Lima's reinstatement.

Within hours of her being ejected from her head chair on the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) was demanding her reinstatement. Of course they’re upset; their ability to manipulate the course of Philippine politics has been reduced. She’s their lobbyist, their virtual staffer inside the Philippine Senate itself. Like a parasite needs a host creature, their survival depends on her survival.

HRW’s Asia director, Phelim Kine, charges the senators who voted to have her removed – four times the number that wanted her to stay – with “a blatant and craven move to derail accountability for the appalling death toll from Duterte’s abusive war on drugs.”

This just adds to the transparency of the de Lima agenda. Her interests are not in serving her present government, because as far as she’s concerned this is not her government. The true government, she believes, belongs to the Liberal Party under which, in the last administration she was treated like a royal.

But what did this self-professed doyen of human rights ever do for the millions and millions of Filipinos who lived in poverty and fear throughout the past six years? Where was her cry for then president, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, to devote more time and resources to their needs? To let them benefit a little from the “booming economy”? The more than 30 million Filipinos – 29.4% of the nation – who have no access to improved sanitation resulting in 55 deaths every single day. How’s that for a death toll? What happened to their human rights? The 7.8 million who have no access to sanitation facilities at all; the 10 million who have no choice but to defecate in the open or use a plastic bag; what about their human dignity?

And the boy “Federico”, pictured above, removed from a Manila street in a pre-papal visit clean up in 2014 and placed in the “care” of a Liberal Party government facility; where was her voice for him, or the millions of other street children in cities across the country who scavenge for scraps of food and sleep among the traffic. Have we heard their voices, even faintly, while she and her political backers conduct their human-rights charade?

In true-to-form traditional Hispanic practice, the oligarchy prospered while these were excluded. Look at Mexico and the Latin lands of South and Central America. It’s the same tired story. The human rights of poor Filipinos were not served. HRH Leila de Lima, first as head of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights and then as Secretary of Justice, failed them utterly. Certainly she had no intention of showing Aquino in a bad light – much less dragging his name through the mud as she does at every available chance with President Duterte’s name.

And yet the crime rate then was already in the stratosphere. A woman or child was raped every 53 minutes in the Philippines; every 16 minutes a woman was battered. But that seems to have been acceptable. Certainly there was no mention of it by Time magazine, CNN, Human Rights Watch, The Independent, the BBC, The Economist or the rest of that incestuous cabal of fascists who behave like some bitter government in exile.

Whether she cares to admit it or not, whether she’s actually even aware of it, de Lima works for this organised political crime gang. She serves them and their cause; not the people and their needs. The fact that she ignores completely what the Filipino nation is asking of their president is evidence enough of that. Let us put it plainly: 92% of the population that supports Duterte’s drugs-war policy and are thankful for it are not, as de Lima would have the world believe, out of step. But then that just about sums up the arrogance of the liberal message.

They write and talk about her glowingly and feed her ego. She is the Joan of Arc of her age; a fearless campaigner, a true and devoted servant of the people. That’s the image that’s pumped out by these shams of journalism and politically motivated NGOs. That’s why the name of Rodrigo Duterte is treated with such derision. The imbalance of his portrayal is only exceeded by the social imbalance of the country which, oddly, is something with which de Lima and her backers have far less of a problem. In fact, as we’ve seen, they ignore it.

Habitual killings in the Philippines were never scrutinised; deaths from polluted water, lack of sanitation and disease outbreaks that run through the country’s burgeoning slum lands never formed any part of their international campaigning. What were all these deaths then? Acceptable collateral damage from an enlightened social policy? The 1,167 killed by police in the drug war is equal to 21 days of deaths from lack of sanitation alone. And here’s another couple of statistics. In the 82 days – a total of 118,080 minutes – since President Duterte was installed as president, based on last year’s rates (and if anything these will have increased), 2,228 women and children have been raped and 7,380 women will have been battered.

Sadly, de Lima and Human Rights Watch and the BBC will have little to say about any of that. Similarly, precious little of HRW’s US$75 million plus annual expenditure will be directed to helping any of these victims – in fact, the reverse, some of it will be spent on the de Lima campaign which will continue to bury their plight and undermine the efforts of the one man who is prepared to improve their lives. For the sake of society’s “Federicos” it is to be hoped she fails.

The Volatilan™ will not be covering the privileged speech just delivered by de Lima to the Philippine Senate. Her HRW-scripted portrayal of the cause of the Philippines’ ills has been given far too much oxygen already. Rather, we would like to call your attention to two previous articles from The Volatilan™Thugs which mantra (anagram) and The execution of the people’s will. We believe these will help to put all this into a clearer context.

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