UP Doctor blasts Liberal International: YOU DISRESPECTED OUR DEMOCRACY & INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONS - The Daily Sentry

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UP Doctor blasts Liberal International: YOU DISRESPECTED OUR DEMOCRACY & INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONS



Dr. Francisco Tolentino | Liberal International Leaders 

 For this medical doctor from the University of the Philippines (UP), the Liberal International (LI) is nothing but a “farce” after it awarded Senator Leila De Lima with the Liberal International Prize for Freedom Award last July 28, 2018..

Dr. Francisco Tolentino opines that LI is disrespecting the country by awarding an “indicted felon” such as De Lima who has been accused and prisoned for allowing the proliferation of illegal drugs in the Bilibid Prison, an offense that was highly controversial in an administration that has fortified its takedown on illegal drugs.


Tolentino quoted LI Deputy President Hakima El Haité saying, “we are here not only to give this award to Senator De Lima but to tell the Filipino people we are here to support you in the name of human rights” during the awarding of the Yellow senator.


The political federation regarded De Lima as a “prisoner of conscience” to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs.


“WELL, IF De LIEma IS THE TYPE LIBERAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS WITH PRIZE FOR FREEZOM, WE CAN ONLY SAY ONE THING ABOUT THIS GROUP, IT’S A JOKE!” Tolentino wrote in his Facebook post.



Sen. Leila De Lima | Business Manager - FB

The UP doctor finds it ironic how LI could even be giving out awards in the name of human rights when they themselves are accused of disrespecting the “democracy and independent judicial institutions” such as by awarding the likes of De Lima.

On the contrary, Tolentino argues that LI should adopt a better definition of what human rights really are.
Citing a 2010 The Guardian article titled ““End Human Rights Imperialism Now”, Tolentino relayed that the definition of human rights should be:


“Human rights need to be considered in a political context. The question should not be whether a particular leader or regime violates western-conceived standards of human rights. Instead, it should be whether a leader or regime, in totality, is making life better or worse for ordinary people.”



The UP doctor believes that what the Yellow political federation did was simply mock the Filipino people.


The full Facebook post of Tolentino reads:

LIBERAL INTERNATIONAL (LI) MOCKS THE FILIPINO PEOPLE WITH THE PRIZE FOR FREEDOM AWARD TO De LIEma

Shoves “HUMAN RIGHTS IMPERIALISM” down our throats!
Francisco P. Tranquilino, M.D.

29 July 2018

De LIEma was bestowed the Liberal International Prize for Freedom Award last night.


In an official statement, LI called De LIEma a prisoner of conscience to President Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs.”


LI Deputy President Hakima el haité was quoted as saying: “We are here not only to give this award to Senator De Lima but to tell the Filipino people we are here to support you in the name of human rights.”


WELL, IF De LIEma IS THE TYPE LIBERAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS WITH PRIZE FOR FREEZOM, WE CAN ONLY SAY ONE THING ABOUT THIS GROUP, IT’S A JOKE!

LIBERAL INTERNATIONAL IS A FARCE!


Liberal International Leaders | Photo from Liberal International
AND FOR ITS DEPUTY PRESIDENT TO CLAIM THAT THE LI SUPPORTS THE FILIPINO PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF HUMAN RIGHTS? PLEASE DO NOT INSULT US WITH THOSE WORDS. YOU DISRESPECTED OUR DEMOCRACY & INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONS BY HONORING AN INDICTED FELON LIKE De LIEma.

The problem seems to be the narrow, egocentric definition of what human rights are.


“Human rights need to be considered in a political context. The question should not be whether a particular leader or regime violates western-conceived standards of human rights. Instead, it should be whether a leader or regime, in totality, is making life better or worse for ordinary people.” (1)


Reference:
1. Kenzer, S. “End Human Rights Imperialism Now.” The Guardian, 31 December 2010.
FPT
07/29/18


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Source: Francisco Tranquilino | Facebook