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Two of a kind

November 14, 2019 - Thursday 6:11 PM by Jimmy Laking

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Senator Franklin Drilon and Phelim Kine of Human Rights Watch make an unlikely pair. They are a fun to watch.
 
In one of those moments when he was awake, the Filipino senator promptly dismissed this administration’s Build, Build, Build program as a dismal failure.
 
Considering that his usually dreamy eyes were wide open when he said this, we can assume he was not half-sleep, only hallucinating. It made the front pages all right. And for a time, the spotlight was on him as he luxuriated in the public’s attention. It made his believers proud. It was one of the few things he does best, having gravitated here and there in the corridors of powers for as long as one could remember.
 
But it was not to last long. The damper was that what he had to show in fact belied what he would like people to believe: that the Build, Build, Build program had nothing to show as an accomplishment.
 
But even that was said in a forked tongue as he himself admitted the administration has actually implemented and completed nine projects.
 
Now everybody, including his colleagues in the Senate, are practically ganging up on him to belie his statement. And if looks could kill, he would have find himself long a goner.
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The other fly in the ointment concerns one Phelim Kine, supposedly the Human Rights Watch deputy director for Asia.
 
Kine, who is also the director of research and investigations of Physicians for Human Rights,  struck a red flag when he wrote Vice President Leni Robredo to offer his help in improving the campaign on illegal drugs.
 
He wrote on Twitter: “Dear Vice President Leni Robredo, my bags are packed and I’m ready to come to the Philippines  to help advise how to end this murderous ‘drug war.’”
 
Kline made the offer after it was revealed that Robredo was set to meet with United Nation officials to discuss the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
 
“Meanwhile, here is my recommendation number one: arrest [President Rodrigo] Duterte and his henchmen for inciting and instigating mass murder,” Kine added.
 
The government, as expected, is not taking this sitting down. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the HRW officer will not be allowed entry into the Philippines.
 
“Don’t worry. He can’t get into the country,” assured Locsin.
 
Locsin also referred to Kine as part of Vice-President Robredo’s retarded retinue. “We have to spare Leni the moral moronism of those who use her,” he added.
 
That would be perfectly all right. In 2018, the Indonesian government also did not allow the United Nation’s Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the high commissioner for human rights, to visit Papua and West Papua provinces.  Whatever its reasons, Indonesia has stood firm on its decision to this day.
 
Banning Kine is not a difficult decision, both for his health and his safety.  Considering that that he has already made up his mind about this government’s war on illegal drugs as well as on the Philippine president, Kine is better off confined to the safety of his office. Moron he must stay.
 

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