Following news that Philippine “vice president” Leni Robredo had been appointed to lead the government’s War on Drugs, a certain Phelim Kine, who, according to his Twitter bio, is “Director of Research and Investigation at Physicians for Human Rights” is calling for the “arrest” of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Dear VP @lenirobredo – my bags are packed and I’m ready to come to the #Philippines to help advise how to end this murderous “drug war.” Meanwhile here is my Recommendation No. 1: Arrest #Duterte and his henchmen for inciting & instigating mass murder
Ironic that Kine, a “human rights” guy, would call for the summary arrest of a sitting duly-elected head of government. Last I recall, “human rights” people are big on due process. Arrests cannot be made in the Philippines unless backed by a warrant issued by a Philippine court.
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It’s hardly surprising then that Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr reportedly plans to deny Kine entry into the Philippines.
“Her retarded retinue. Don’t worry; [Kine] can’t get into the country,” Locsin said on Twitter.
“We have to spare Leni the moral moronism of those who use her,” he tweeted.
Interestingly, Robredo has not commented on the matter — neither on Kine’s tweet nor Locsin’s statements. A prominent foreigner making such a statement in reference to the directive given by no less than the President to a top government official demands some sort of response. Robredo should take some measure of personal accountability for attracting such audacity coming from a foreign national. At the very least she should advise Kine that such statements made out to be associated with her office are inappropriate at best.
As an official of the Philippine Government, Robredo should stand by her Chief Executive and be in solidarity with the Filipino people who are citizens of an independent nation. Partisan politics are an internal affair and no foreigner should be allowed to exploit partisan division to undermine the authority of any administration. Filipinos may differ amongst themselves with regard to partisan loyalties, but those differences are none of a foreigner’s business to refer to when offering their services.
Kine presumes to be part of Filipinos’ domestic partisanism. But he is not a voter nor is he a participant in Philippine democratic processes. People like him, perhaps having acquired a sense of entitlement owing to their some sort of “human rights” honcho should be reminded of their place.
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