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.
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