US lawmakers urge Trump to talk about human rights in meeting with Duterte

Two US lawmakers are making sure President Donald Trump sends out a clear message to President Rodrigo Duterte, that the US will uphold fundamental human rights, including due process and the rule of law.

Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, sent a letter to Trump — urging him to use his upcoming meeting with Duterte as an opportunity to express the US’ profound concern over alleged extrajudicial killings committed under the Philippine government’s anti-drug campaign.

The letter cited that there is strong evidence that the Philippine police have killed 7,000 alleged drug dealers and users without charges or trial.

These lawmakers insisted that while the US reaffirms its ties with the philippines — it should also stand its ground when human rights are being violated.

Joining BA now via phone from San Francisco is Ago Pedalizo of the Filipino-Americans for Human Rights Alliance, to tell us about how their group has lobbied in the offices of various lawmakers to draw attention to the alleged human rights violations in the Philippines under the Duterte administration, and the letter sent to president Trump.

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    11 November 2017 at 12:08 am - Reply

    How Rappler misled EU, Human Rights Watch, CNN, Time, BBC — the world (Tiglao, 2017).
    “Mark Twain: a lie can travel around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes”.

    It is obvious that Filipinos or Fil-Ams alike are subscribing into the lies that “Rappler” has been spreading around the world. Recently, Balitang America just repeated the 7000 human rights figure that has been circulating.

    According to Tiglao (2017) regular reports from the Philippine National Police (PNP) on “victims in cases of deaths under investigation or investigation concluded” was about all murders and homicides from various cases such as road rage, robbery, or deadly love triangles— and not just those related to the anti-illegal drug campaign. Rappler skewed the information and maliciously classified these deaths as due to Duterte’s war against illegal drugs.

    PNP recently clarified that the 7,000 figure was very wrong that there were only 2,582 killed in legitimate drug operations currently under which included “all crimes happening on the streets.”

    It is sad to see that these lies are also perpetuated by elected government official in the outfit of the vice president of the Philippines, Leni Robredo? Going around the world intensifying an agenda driven lies, “over 7000 human rights victims”, backed by fake news (Tiglao, 2017). What is common amongst advocates like Leni Robredo, Ago Pedalizo, Arturo “Art” Garcia (aka Arthur Garcia – CPP-NPA vice chairman) is their desperation to sugar coat crimes using human rights violations. Do you really think that labor organizers were really labor organizer protesting various issues in the Philippines during martial law? It was a proven fact that labor organizers during martial law were real members of the CPP/NPA (Tiglao, 2016).

    What about the human rights abuses at Hacienda Luisita or the Mendiola massacre? I supposed VP Robredo, Ago Pedalizo or Arturo Garcia were also protesting in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York? I wonder if Tita Raissa Robles included in her book (Martial Law Never Again) the human rights abuses at Hacienda Luisita or Mendiola massacre?

    • GoodBye
      12 November 2017 at 8:21 am - Reply

      Look, I feel that our president Trump shouldn’t say anything to Philippines president, because every country, has their own ways to treat their people that broke the law in their country! Not all country are the same.

      • Santiago Del Mundo
        12 November 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

        Mr. GoodBye, although he sounded like a little kid whose actions were dictated by his “liberal buddies” it was your favorite President Obama who decided to put his nose into the Philippines situation. It is no surprise that he based his actions from information gathered using liberal media sources. You are right, every country has their own ways…

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