Monday, October 3, 2016

Philippine Senator Questions UN for Double Standard Why is UN silent on murders in Chicago?

Chicago killings, EJK, extra judicial killings, Duterte, Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Richard Gordon on Monday accused the United Nations for double standard he questioned why deaths and murders in Chicago (murder of the US), have been ignored by the United Nations but in case of the drug-related killings in the Philippines they blame it on the current government of President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Yung sinasabi natin, 545 [murders] sa Chicago, isang siyudad sa United States of America, bakit hindi ginugulpi ng UN yan?" Gordon, new chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, said. [translatioin: We are saying 545 murders in Chicago, a major city in the United States of America, why the UN are not questioning them]

At the fifth Senate hearing on extra judicial killings, Gordon said that as of Oct. 1, 2016, there have been 545 killings in Chicago alone. Yet, he said, the UN has been silent on this, while the Philippines, with around 3,000 drug-related killings in the whole country since July 1, has been scrutinized not only by the UN, but by US President Barack Obama as well.

There have been 560 murders in Chicago this year starting January 1, 2016 according to the Chicago Tribune.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, meanwhile, stated that he was so surprised with the statistics regarding Chicago. He also said that if the human rights record of the United States is so bad, "I think we should review the Philippines giving aid to the US and stop it in the meantime." He was referring to two US senators who have said that the US might reconsider aid to the Philippines because of a law that prohibits assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights.

US Sen. Patrick Leahy said the law is meant "to ensure that the US is not complicit in human rights violations committed by forces that might receive US assistance, and to encourage foreign governments to hold accountable perpetrators of such abuses."

President Rodrigo Duterte has said in the past that the US should not criticize the Philippines because it has cases of black people being killed by police, events that US President Obama has spoken against. The United Nations has also called the US government's attention to cases of police abuse in the past.

If you also compared the people killed during the past Administration of President Benigno Aquino Jr to President Duterte, there are less killings now. 


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