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A day after a United States intelligence community global assessment that mentioned that President Duterte being a threat to democracy and human rights, two reports from rights advocates, Transparency International (TI) and Amnesty International (AI), were drummed up yesterday as being detrimental to President Duterte.
In the Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI), the Philippines dropped by a point in its score in the 2017 global corruption rankings compared to last year but it resulted in a ten-place slide in the ranking that was mainly the result of four more countries being included in this year’s list.
Presidential spokesman coined a term for the stories that are being slanted against Mr. Duterte as “clickbaits” which he differentiated from fake news.
“Apparently, what the mainstream media reported was clickbait. It’s not fake news, because it’s true that the intelligence department said that President Duterte could declare martial law in the entire Philippines or that he could declare a revolutionary government but what was mentioned that he was labeled as a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia, that’s clickbait. It’s worthless,” Roque said referring to the twist taken by some media outlets on the US intelligence report.

The CPI showed the Philippines placed 111th out of 180 countries surveyed, with a score of 34 from 35 last year when it ranked 101st out of 176.
The report said the Philippines, India and the Maldives scored high for corruption and have fewer press freedoms and higher numbers of journalist deaths.
New Zealand ranked the highest in 2017 with a score of 89, with Denmark following at 88. Meanwhile, the three countries with the lowest corruption indices are Syria (14), South Sudan (12), and Somalia (9).
According to TI’s analysis, corruption levels around the world are linked to declining freedom of expression.
“We found evidence to suggest that those countries that respect press freedom, encourage open dialog, and allow for full participation of CSOs (civil society organizations) in the public arena tend to be more successful at controlling corruption,” TI said.
Human rights watchdog group Amnesty International (AI), which is known to be highly critical of President Duterte’s war on drugs, listed Mr. Duterte among the leaders who are “callously undermining the rights of millions.”
Following the release of AI’s State of the World’s Human Rights report for 2017 to 2018, AI secretary general Salil Shetty said in a statement “few governments standing up for human rights in these disturbing times. Instead, leaders such as (Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil) al-Sisi, Duterte, (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro, (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, (US President Donald) Trump and (Chinese President) Xi (Jinping) are callously undermining the rights millions.”
AI hits strongmen leaders
“For the second consecutive year, President Duterte is identified with the worst performing leaders in terms of human rights,” Joel Noel Olano, AI Philippines head, said.
The Philippines was cited in the report for a list of supposed rights violations in the “war on drugs” and its implementation in the urban poor communities.
AI also mentioned the internal armed conflict, attacks to human rights defenders, and threats to Filipinos’ freedom of expression.
“Meaningful investigations into killings of alleged drugs offenders failed to take place; no police officers were known to have been held to account. Relatives of victims continued to be fearful of reprisals if they filed complaints against police,” AI said in its report.
It highlighted the high-profile cases of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos, a teen allegedly killed in a police operation, and Jee Ick-Joo, the Korean national tortured within Camp Crame.
The detention of Sen. Leila de Lima, an outspoken critic of the Duterte administration; the increase in arbitrary arrests and detentions; and the attempt to pass a budget of P1,000 for the Commission of Human Rights were mentioned as attacks against human rights defenders.
In terms of the persistent internal armed conflict in the country, AI said the extrajudicial killings, mass hostage-taking, and extensive looting of civilian property by militants allied with the Islamic State during the Siege of Marawi “may have amounted to war crimes.”
AI noted that the Armed Forces of the Philippines vowed to probe all allegations of war crimes, amid concerns that the extension of martial law over the affected region in December may allow for “further human rights abuses.”
Alvarez urges diplomatic protest
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to file a diplomatic protest against the United States for its intelligence report that listed Mr. Duterte among Southeast Asian leaders that pose a threat to democracy and human rights.
The US released the unclassified version of the report last February 12 and a PDF copy is available online.
On the contrary, Alvarez said it is the US which poses a threat to democracy because of its interference in the internal affairs and undermining the sovereignty of many countries in order to ensure its continued influence as a world power and promote its interests.
Alvarez also urged the Filipino people to unite and protect the sovereignty of the Philippines from undue interference by the US.
Despite this, Alvarez said the Philippines should continue to maintain good relations with the US but at the same time assert our sovereignty and protect our national interest.
Through the formation of an international body analogous to the United Nations composed exclusively of Asian nations, Alvarez said Asian nations can truly protect their geopolitical and economic interests.
The national interest of the Philippines would be better served by such an Asian-only international body rather than through its membership in the United Nations, according to Alvarez.
Earlier, Malacañang expressed “concern” over the US intelligence report even and disputed its assessment of President Duterte.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said that Duterte is no autocrat or has autocratic tendencies, stressing that the President adheres to the rule of law and remains loyal to the constitution.
Not fake news but clickbait
“It’s not fake news, but clickbait” was how Roque described headlines of some mainstream media outlets on the report that US intelligence report that tagged Mr. Duterte as threat to democracy in Southeast Asia.
On Feb. 12, the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community released a report stating that Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution and declare a revolutionary government or martial law.
Citing a Freedom House report, the US intel report also listed the Philippines as one of the governments that uses propaganda and misinformation in social media “to influence foreign and domestic audiences.”
In a phone-patch interview on Wednesday morning, Roque expressed concern on the US intel report noting that the Palace will take its concern.
However, that same afternoon, he issued a statement describing it as “myopic and speculative” after having read the report.
He clarified that he made his initial statement because he was “made to comment on clickbait.”
Roque, a human rights advocate, earlier said that he would not join Duterte’s Cabinet if the President, a lawyer himself, was a threat to human rights.
“He’s a lawyer. He knows the law. He wants to uphold the rule of law. He knows about the bill of rights. And of course I wouldn’t have joined him if he was a threat to human rights,” Roque said.



  • ren fuentes

    click bait, yan ang uso sa mga kolumnista na hindi masyado pinapansin ng mga readers sa web para buksan ang kanilang isinulat pero pag binasa mo ang layo sa heading parang mga showbiz reporters. uso sa showbiz kolumnista ang click bait. meron nyan sa philstar, manilatimes, standard.

    ren fuentes Friday, 23 February 2018 13:04 Comment Link

    Ridiculous that this TI-AI list is silent and blind on the millions suffering and dying in the Muyanmar Rophinga genocide, the Christian holocaust in ISIS caliphate territories, the Nokor Gulag state, or the tribal ethnic cleansing all over Africa. They would rather target the RP with exaggerated reports of EJKs at the top of their list.

    Obviously their true agenda is to topple sovereign gov'ts they don't like rather than pursuing true human rights. Friday, 23 February 2018 10:50 Comment Link

    Ridiculous that this TI-AI list is silent and blind on the millions suffering and dying in the Muyanmar Rophinga genocide, the Christian holocaust in ISIS caliphate territories, the Nokor Gulag state, or the tribal ethnic cleansing all over Africa. They would rather target the RP with exaggerated reports of EJKs at the top of their list.

    Obviously their true agenda is to topple sovereign gov'ts they don't like rather than pursuing true human rights. Friday, 23 February 2018 10:49 Comment Link
  • The Eye

    fgr, I'll will take it. This is a good comment. FOR THE PHILIPPINES' FUTURE!

    The Eye Friday, 23 February 2018 07:30 Comment Link
  • fgr

    It is just opinions.

    We also have ours, like the, and as long as the majority of pilipinos understand what is going on, don't waste more resources on it, don't get distracted, because it will only work for the enemies of our country.

    Go and chase the real criminals, plunderers and economic saboteurs, relentlessly and promptly, at the same time build our economy.

    Deal with important details like what needs to be done, for the week, monthly, quarterly progress, the audits, the regulator actions, corruption related crime and peace and order - the number of heads that rolled per week - these kind of things is what the people are interested in.

    Not about who can spit the largest slob of saliva on each other's face.

    Forget the spinners, they can be as prolific as spiders but we can sweep them aside, no sweat.

    fgr Friday, 23 February 2018 02:38 Comment Link

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