Duterte warns he’ll order shooting of human rights advocates

Pia Ranada
Duterte warns he’ll order shooting of human rights advocates
'Para makita talaga kung anong klaseng human right,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about his latest threat

MANILA, Philippines – Amid criticism of his drug war from human rights groups, President Rodrigo Duterte said he might just order police to shoot them so they would know what real human rights violations are like.

“Sabihin mo, ‘Pulis, barilin mo na ‘yang kasali diyan’ (Tell them, ‘Police, shoot those who are part of it’). If they are obstructing justice, you shoot them,” said Duterte on Wednesday, August 16.

“Para makita talaga kung anong klaseng human right (So they can really see the kinds of human rights),” he added. (READ: Human rights in Duterte’s 1st year: Where do we go from here?)

Duterte expressed frustration that human rights groups are quick to condemn him but supposedly do not condemn perpetrators of heinous crimes.

He mentioned the killing and rape of a one-year-old.

“Where was the human rights? They could not even utter it in public. ‘Look, do not do that to me,’ says human rights groups. Nothing. Then when it comes to criminals, you will proclaim, ‘human rights violations,'” said Duterte.

He also warned he would respond to investigations by human rights groups into his controversial drug war with a probe of his own. (READ: ‘Demonizing’ human rights in the first year of Duterte

“Tapos ‘yung human rights [groups] ngayon is investigating. One of these days, kayong human rights [groups], kayo ang imbestigahin ko. Totoo. Conspiracy,” the President said. 

(The human rights groups are now investigating. One of these days, you human rights groups, I will also investigate you. That’s the truth. For conspiracy.)

His audience of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) members applauded these remarks. (READ: Hate human rights? They protect freedoms you enjoy)

Duterte also had only insults for Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Chito Gascon. Gascon, who has been critical of Duterte’s threats to kill, was described by the President as “ulol na mestizo” (fair-skinned fool).

The CHR is tasked to check on allegations of abuse by state forces. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.