Tag: rule of law

Dispatches: President Duterte’s Mixed Messages on Rights in the Philippines

‘Rule of Law’ Rhetoric Incompatible with Praise for Police Killings

Here’s the good news: today, President Roderigo Duterte of the Philippines spoke forcefully in support of the rule of law and human rights during his first state of the nation address. During his 100-minute speech, Duterte pledged that his administration, which took office on June 30, “shall be sensitive to the state’s obligations to promote, and protect, fulfill the human rights of our citizens…even as the rule of law shall at all times prevail.”

The bad news: Duterte made clear that his government’s “relentless and sustained” campaign against illegal drugs – which Philippine human rights groups have blamed for a “surge of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals and drug offenders” – won’t end anytime soon. Instead, Duterte urged police: “Double your efforts. Triple them, if need be. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or [been] put behind bars or below the ground.”

President Obama Openly Supports War Criminal

While it isn’t over, the indications are the coup against Erdogan has failed. The stated goals of those behind the coup were to return to a secular government and reinstate the rule of law.

The President of the United States encouraged people to “support the democratically elected government of Turkey”. He said this while his administration is in the midst of a multi-year effort to overthrow the government of President Assad in Syria. The US, historically, doesn’t care about democracy or elections. The US wants Erdogan in power because he has more or less been an obedient lackey. While there are moments of discord, Turkey is still a faithful dog at the end of one of the many leashes held by the US. This allows Erdogan to behave in a manner that would not be tolerated from a non-puppet state.