Whatever façade he has been endeavoring to play, it is well clear that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is simply a Yellow purposeful publicity machine as of now headed by a previous Director General of the Liberal Party. These are the estimations communicated by veteran writer Rigoberto Tiglao in his section on Manila Times against CHR Chairperson Jose “Chito” Gascon whom Tiglao declares to control the goals of his office to criticize President Rodrigo Duterte rather than really forwarding human rights.
“Gascon has transformed the CHR into a publicity machine against President Duterte so as to propel the Liberal Party and the Yellows’ plan to darken his picture as a murderous strongman, with the expectation that the US will some way or another mediate to cut him down,” Tiglao composed.
Besides the CHR Chief, the journalist also pointed out three other key figures in the CHR who are identified with the Yellows by virtue of former President Benigno Aquino III’s appointment of them last July 3, 2015, and these are commissioners Roberto Cadiz who starred as one of the private prosecutors during the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona; Leah Tanodra-Armamento who is allegedly involved with a high profile drug lord and undersecretary of former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima; and Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana, an evident loyalist of Aquino.
These three commissioners, along with Gascon, are what Tiglao opines as figures who should resign from their position if they are truly interested in the nation’s welfare.
The veteran journalist wrote that these four officials “should find some courage in their hearts” to let go of their lofty positions given that the office has “been totally discredited as a Yellow propaganda machine that it won’t be able to undertake its functions” in relation to other vital agencies such as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Supreme Court (SC).
These two major institutions crucial to the functions of the CHR are the very two entities that Gascon continues to demonize, thus, Tiglao asks, “how could these agencies support the CHR’s investigations, when it has been indisputably clear that Gascon isn’t really interested in defending human rights but only in throwing dirt at Duterte.”
Had Gascon been sincere about the, what he claims as, “tens of thousands of Filipinos murdered by Duterte’s government” in its war against illegal drugs, then he would have tracked down the victims down to their names and helped the families pursue cases in court.
Tiglao points out, however, that the CHR has done nothing of this sort.
Instead, they become a machine of exaggerated headlines, questionable data, one person’s statements, and every bit a propaganda to ruin the name of the President.
Tiglao seeks the resignation of the four officials so that the CHR can truly pursue its mandate to protect and preserve the Filipinos’ human rights.
Without the vested interests of diehard Yellow supporters, only then can the CHR be true to its functions instead of constantly producing figures purely to take down Duterte.