Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III defended the Duterte administration from a contemporary volley of assaults by United Nations (UN) specialists who criticized the persevering with and spiraling rights violations within the authorities’s lethal drug conflict.
“If I continue to be silent, I may be remiss in my duties,” Sotto mentioned in taking the Senate ground to denounce the statements of UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on the scenario of human rights defenders Michael Forst and Special Rapporteur on the sale and [email protected] exploitation of kids Maud de Boer-Buquicchio.
The three UN specialists mentioned the “government of the Philippines must urgently address growing reports of human rights violations, including murder, threats against indigenous peoples and the summary execution of children.”
But Sotto wouldn’t take what he believed as makes an attempt to intervene into the affairs of the federal government sitting down by the UN officers whom he dubbed as “helicopter experts.”
“Is it possible to arrive in a country you are not familiar with, and in a couple of days, speak about the decades-old problems of that country like you had all the wisdom in the world? And even expect to be welcomed hospitably by your hosts?” Sotto requested.
“They alight out of the blue, and tell their welcomers what’s wrong with them. Nakakahiya di po ba, na magdunung-dunungan sa mga bagay na di mo talaga alam, at mas alam ng mga taong iyong binibisita?” the senator mentioned in his speech.
What’s extra revolting to the senator was Callamard’s personal latest statements agreeing and sharing the assumption of 1 Prof. Carl Hart that: “There is no evidence shabu leads to violence or causes brain damage.”
In a discussion board on the University of the Philippines in May and in a subsequent tweet to her greater than eight,000 followers, Callamard mentioned no conflict on medicine by any nation was doubtless to succeed as a result of the results of medication have been exaggerated and no proof was proven that shabu lead to violence, or precipitated mind harm.
In contradicting Callamard, the senator cited testimonies of specialists and statistics in addition to collective and private expertise on the dangers related to methamphetamine or shabu that embody mind harm and even death.
“Mr. President, do we still need more proofs how worst shabu can do to a man’s mental faculties? I’ll give you more. Just six (6) months ago, particularly in February of this year, a 4-month-old baby was raped by a known junkie in their neighborhood in Carcar City, Cebu. The baby was found bloodied and naked 30 meters from her home. There were lacerations, blood and grass particles found in the private area of the victim,” mentioned Sotto.
“Who, in his normal state of mind, can do such a thing to a baby who is defenseless, weak and fragile? More recently, specifically last May 2017, a policeman, who was charged with two counts of parricide by shooting his wife and son 38 times and even stabbed his son in the heart ‘because he wouldn’t die’, tested positive for drugs and admitted that he had sniffed ‘shabu’ days before the brutal killings,” he mentioned
“Thus, based on the foregoing, undeniably, shabu can lead to violence. Shabu can cause brain damage. And shabu can kill! To believe otherwise is courting disaster,” mentioned Sotto.
“Alam natin na shabu ay nakakasira ng ulo. Do we listen to our own mind and experience, or believe what a foreigner who does not know us tell us what is wrong with us?” Sotto additional requested.