Why is there so much media coverage on extra-judicial killings now compared to the Aquino administration, when the killings were already happening during Aquino’s time?
Because these media reports are not really about the killings, but about propaganda. The media don’t really care about solving the murders, they are only exploiting the issue to destroy Duterte’s reputation.
Here is the latest salvo: another high-ranking UN official has lambasted Duterte on human rights.
"The President of the Philippines's statements of scorn for international human rights law display a striking lack of understanding of our human rights institutions and the principles which keep societies safe," [United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein] said.
"Fair and impartial rule of law is the foundation of public confidence and security. Empowering police forces to shoot to kill any individual whom they claim to suspect of drug crimes, with or without evidence, undermines justice. The people of the Philippines have a right to judicial institutions that are impartial, and operate under due process guarantees; and they have a right to a police force that serves justice."
Let’s hope Duterte and his communications team have realized by now that he is being baited, and he should not walk into the trap. These people are purposely trying to rile him up so he will go into another rampage and they can gather new explosive quotes and footage for another round of negative media stories.
This UN statement has an extra element: the UN official is challenging Duterte to invite UN representatives to the Philippines to conduct an investigation. If you watch True Blood or Vampire Diaries, you know what this means. Vampires need to be invited in before they can enter your house, and once you invite them in, you’re dead.
(Marcos was also trapped into calling for snap elections, which paved the way for his ouster.)
Duterte should just ignore this latest UN statement so it doesn’t get extended mileage. It won’t be that newsworthy if he doesn’t answer it. He should actually stop answering all attacks and criticisms directly. What he needs to do is hire a more aggressive spokesperson who can beat back the rabid yellow attack dogs like De Lima, Trillanes, Hontiveros, and Lagman. Andanar and Abella are too meek and civilized. It’s time to hire a pit bull.
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