BY Maria Makiling

The threat to subject the Philippine government to investigation by no less than the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) came after a few days from the arrival in the Philippines from the Netherlands of Chito Gascon, the Chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

The ICC is located in The Hague, Netherlands. To our minds, the ICC prosecutor will not react that way unless there is a credible information that there is  a rampant, systematic, and widespread pattern of extrajudicial killings in the country. Who can be a more credible bearer of that information than the Chair of a national human rights institution? There are speculations that it is you, Mr. Gascon.

If speculations are true, then what in heavens name can drive you to subject your country to international naming and shaming while the Senate investigations are still ongoing? If you went to the Hague to lobby for this statement, what kind of drug did you take to insinuate to the prosecutor that the killings are State sponsored when the President himself said he is not condoning extrajudicial killings?

If tales from the grapevine are correct, how can you say before Senator Gordon in the last EJK hearing last Thursday that you are willing to help and cooperate with the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights and that you respect the Senate as an institution when you have already turned your back and put a stake on it the whole institution when you lobbied in The Hague? If the news about you is correct, what kind of Filipino are you to want his country to be in the same category  of Congo; Darfur, Sudan; Afghanistan; and Colombia when it comes to crimes against humanity?

We hope all these speculations are dead wrong. Why? Because if it were true, then you betrayed you country, Mr. Gascon simply because you want to further the agenda of the Liberal Party.

You are a traitor Mr. Gascon because instead of helping internal mechanisms to deal with the issue of the killings so justice can be served, you internationalized the issue.

You should be ashamed of yourself Mr. Gascon because you and your cohorts in the Liberal Party are destabilizing this country because you want go grab power.

We hope we are wrong Mr, Gascon. If we are right, may history be kind to you because you did not only destroy the CHR as an institution; you also gave the issue of human rights a very bad name.

Traitors come in many forms and sizes. If you were the indeed the snitch, you come as a chameleon disguised as a human rights champion.

For the full text of the ICC document on the Philippines see:



  1. Chino Gascon is in the same Mental disorder as De Lima. Mexico and Colombia are far more in humane when it come to drugs and killings but have seen the ICC get involved. No because they have no rights or jurisdiction to interfere. You just wasted your career along with De Lima. Your are now a man with no country to call home.


  2. A big Traitor! !! You must be Patriotic…OFW are building names abroad to keep head up high and yet you are moving on opposite directions. You are intelligent enough seems you are following orders from someone. Hope your conscience help you to sleep sound…shame with you


  3. You can do your best to destroy the reputation of our beloved President Rodrigo Duterte to the international community but we, the ordinary citizens of this nation will speak up and will shout out into this platform that we see and feel otherwise! Never have we felt a lot safer to walk in the dark alleys of quiapo and recto areas from our workplace to our homes at night. which are criminals and drug-addict infested places, except NOW! At least criminals are now learning to fear for their lives IF THEY WILL NOT STOP their destructive vices! Countless criminals and illegal drug addicts have surrendered and were given another chance to CHANGE for the better unlike what is just being projected by this Mr. Gascon, who in the past 6 years under the Adminstration of Benigno Aquino Jr. did not even say anything about the killings of SAF 44, the Maguindano Massacre, the Hacienda Luisita farmers killed while protesting and many other unaccounted killings under Pinoy’s governance! Now that we are somehow seeing very excellent changes in terms of security and peace in our respective slum areas and are starting to recover where a lot of people who got involved in this illegal drug trade are being given another chance in life, THIS HUMAN RIGHTS chairman who is suppose to really protect the right to live of the many people who have been victimized by these criminals and drug addicts, is now just focused on counting the number of drug related incidents of killings but never counting the lives of children (even babies raped and killed by these addicts) , young women raped and killed, young people’s lives being destroyed as they are exposed and got introduced to this source of addiction! We feel sad about this Mr. Gascon, who definitely have his own agenda, of destroying what is giving millions of Filipino, a great chance to experience freedom from fear and poverty. I doubt this Mr. GAscon if he has ever tried walking in these criminal prone areas at night, while trying to protect the small amount of money in your pocket from your half month’s salary. TO THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, if you are really for the welfare of people’s lives why don’t you secretly send someone who would talk to the ordinary individuals in different places here in Manila and other nearby cities for your own surveys and witness how this Mr. Gascon is just trying to create a horrible picture about the new government in the Philippines, where in fact, we are becoming better as more and more projects of this new government are uplifting the lives of people including those who are into drugs and are willing to start all over again… please give us a chance! Mr. Gascon is not a valid representation of the viewpoint of the Filipino people!


  4. This is what the Holy Scriptures (the Bible) says:

    ‘ EVERYONE (which includes Chito Gaston himself) MUST SUBMIT himself to the governing authorities (even President Duterte’s Administration), for there is no authority except that which GOD has established. The authorities that exist have been established by GOD…

    Consequently, he who REBELS against the authority (even the Duterte Administration) is rebelling against what GOD has instituted, and those who do so WILL BRING JUDGMENT ON THEMSELVES. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong…

    Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority ? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he (even President Duterte) is GOD’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He (even President Duterte) is GOD’s servant, AN AGENT OF WRATH to bring punishment on the wrongdoer…

    Therefore, IT IS NECESSARY TO SUBMIT TO THE AUTHORITIES, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are GOD’s servants, who give their full time to governing (Romans 13:1-6).

    Submit yourselves for the LORD’s sake to every authority instituted among men; whether to the king (President), as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right (1 Peter 2:13-14)… Show PROPER RESPECT to everyone; Love the brotherhood of believers, fear GOD, honor the king (even President Duterte)— 1 Peter 2:17

    I urge, then, first of all, that request, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings (Presidents) and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quite lives in all godliness and godliness. This is good, and pleases GOD our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:1-4).


  5. The truth will always prevail. Just thank God for sending people to safeguard and protect our country’s best interest. The evil forces are still working everywhere in the Phil. Few people are working hard to oust the elect president. God is angered for people who ..who use human rights to protect their evil plans to destroy our country, but God will protect those whose hearts are sincere to their duties.


  6. All negative publications from international media against Pres Duterte wouldnt come out without some “idiots”, destorted and brained-damage local reporter who fed the wrong data just to earn for a living. These kind of people are living their life and feeding family out of rotten sources. They felt happy and enjoying bcoz they are used to it. Now with this kind of reporting, do u still blame the govt if people who are fed up and had enough of this kind of terrorism masked under the label of media, kill this beasty, corrupt and insane person?


  7. First, the ICC is not investigating the Philippines, it is investigating Duterte. Duterte is not the Philippines. You said it yourself – the ICC prosecutor will not react that way unless there is a credible information that there is a rampant, systematic, and widespread pattern of extrajudicial killings in the country. It’s not the people who are criticising Duterte that is bringing shame to the country. Si Duterte ang nagbibigay ng kahihiyan sa Pilipinas, with more that 3,000 dead in his mere 100 days in office and with the garbage that comes out of his mouth.


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