Sen. Gordon Chides Human Rights Groups to Prove Pres. Duterte's Involvement in Killings


One of the country's most prominent lawmaker and a former Mayor in Olongapo City, Sen. Richard Gordon took a swipe at an international human rights group that branded Pres. Rody Duterte's first year in office as a "human rights calamity."


According to the senator who is the chairman of the powerful Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee, said there is yet to be "actual proof" on the alleged state-backed killings in the Philippines.

In an exclusive interview with ANC, Sen. Gordon was quoted as saying "This is an advocacy group that has to sustain its momentum so that resources can be provided to them. I’m not accusing them of taking advantage but they just have to earn their pay,” Gordon told ANC in an interview.

Sen. Gordon who formerly served as Mayor of Olangapo City was referring to the Human Rights Watch (HRW), which said that Pres. Duterte "unleashed a human rights calamity" through his "murderous 'war on drugs', drug-related overcrowding of jails, and the harassment and prosecution of drug war critics."


The veteran lawyer and senator of the Republic also asked that all he want for these groups is to come out and get the evidence because right now, when you come down and look at the Duterte administration, and he is not going to say that as a justification, but people seem to be agreeing with the peace and order campaign of Pres. Duterte.

The senator also recalled that the Senate, through an investigation tried to prove the killings are state-sponsored but presented witnesses failed to back up such accusations against the President.

Gordon further said that some human rights groups only speak up when it will “allow a lot of publicity.”

“When there’s a political element to it, there is a hook that will allow a lot of publicity -- look, a President doing something, in their perception, or perhaps, the President is really doing it -- they go ahead with this,” Gordon said.

Source: PIA


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