By: Elena Grace Flores
Preparing for a small and modest inauguration, the camp of incoming Vice President Leni Robredo knew that there will be a separate inauguration between the President and Vice President. They were informed by the President’s camp earlier.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was quoted as saying; “The offer of bounties and other rewards for murder by vigilantes, and his encouragement of extrajudicial killings by security forces, are massive and damaging steps backwards which could lead to widespread violence and chaos. I urge the Government to reconsider such initiatives, and to refrain from its plans to reintroduce the death penalty, in a country which has been a leading force in the campaign to end the practice,” Zeid said during the opening of the 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland last June 13.
The above statement was a response to the President’s P5 million offer for the bounty of drug lords in the country and P5.5 million each slain drug criminal in Cebu. This would surely raise one eyebrow of the Punisher but in real context, this brings us into asking; is this the job of the United Nations – to give criticisms where it’s not due yet? They better go back to the Hague since the United States and some European countries are already calling China to behave! War could break out soon – and the U.N. will be the last one to know.