By: Nelson S. Badilla
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its front organizations always accuse the president of the Philippine Government from Ferdinand Marcos up to Rodrigo Duterte of being a human rights violator.
Under the Duterte’s presidency, they even stood up and depended the human rights of drug dealers and drug users who were killed by policemen during buy bust operations and those who were gunned down by unidentified people wearing bonnets.
Killing the citizens like the experience of drug dealers and drug users are not new in the country.
It happened even before Duterte trained his guns on them, but the CPP reacted because the killings are happening daily since July 1, a day after Duterte officially assumed the presidency of the country.
I am not surprised at all if human rights violations happen in our country because ours is a Republican country.
The leader of a Republican country is not that strict and conscious in respecting and protecting human rights of its citizens.
Look at the presidents after then President Ferdinand Marcos was removed from power in 1986.
Did they consciously respect and protect the human rights of the Filipino citizens, including Corazon Cojuangco Aquino who represented the extreme opposite of Marcos?
Ask the country’s human rights groups, except the leftist Karapatan to avoid biased view for you to prove my point.
The CPP and its organizations have strongly urged President Duterte to respect human rights.
Duterte said “forget human rights” if the Philippines is in danger from the hands of drug lords.
CPP and its front organizations demand on Duterte to respect and protect human rights of the people, including the drug dealers and drug users appeared to be extremely pleasant to hear.
It appeared that human rights matter so much to the communist group.
The truth of the matter as proven by experience, the communists once their own government is established, human rights are no longer a concern to them.
The communist government will not respect nor protect human rights of the citizens.
I am not accusing the CPP and its fronts, rather I am citing a report, or study, of the Amnesty International (AI) about the communist rule of China over Hong Kong.
The Peoples Republic of China, or China, has established its government on October 1949 headed by Mao Tse Tung.
The character of the government was a government for the workers and peasants since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was formed to establish a government for them and to have country for their interests and benefits.
The Mainland China was liberated from its previous ruling class, but not Hong Kong.
Hong Kong was controlled and ruled by Great Britain.
It was given to China 20 years ago.
What happened to Hong Kong under Communist government?
According to AI, Hong Kong has experienced the worst form of human rights violations.
The Communist government has a firm hold on the movement of its citizens.
The citizens could not criticize the Communist government and the CCP.
The citizens could not elevate their complaints and concerns to the leaders of the Communist government and the CCP.
AI report stressed that the expression of human rights of citizens in Hong Kong has rapidly deteriorated.
It even “failed on many fronts” – referring to many aspects of human rights.
Specifically, AI cited the complaints of the citizens on the failure of the Communist government to conduct investigation about the mysterious disappearance of five people whose only work were to sell books and reading materials that are against the Communist government, CCP, and the ‘ruling elite class’ in China.
The five were believed to be abducted by government forces because their supposed crime were selling anti-Communist government, anti-CCP and anti-Chinese ruling class to the public.
To me, the incident plus the government’s failure to probe it strongly suggest that the human rights violations are intentionally being violated by the Communist government and the CCP.
This incident is extremely disappointing because the five were abducted on the basis of their job.
They were not leaders of dissident groups.
They were not even members of any anti-government organization.
That was worst.
The incident only strengthened my stand that the Communist government is a dictatorial government that does not tolerate and allow any citizen to criticize them.
This view was a product of Tiananmen Massacre in China in 1989 and the rectification movement in the CPP in the late 1980’ and first quarter of 1990s.
In the case of China, Deng Xiaoping (China government leader and chief of the CCP) declared martial law after massive students-led series of demonstrations against the government refused to end their massive mass actions held at Tiananmen Square, according to wikipedia.org.
Xiaoping ordered over 300,000 soldiers of Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) to stop the protest by force, Wikipedia.org continued.
The armed soldiers assaulted the demonstrators that resulted to killing of hundreds to thousands of civilians and student activists, wikipedia.org said.
China’s Communist government headed by Xiaoping got heavy criticisms and scolding from different leaders of the world.
Even the CPP through its founding chairman Jose Ma. Sison castigated China for the grave mistake it has committed.
In the case of the CPP, a substantial number of top cadres and CPP members were arrested and several were even killed like Romulo Kintanar on the basis of their strong opposition on the contents and objectives of the rectification movement during the last quarter of 1980s and first quarter of 1990s.
Sison’s leading opponent, Filemon “Popoy” Lagman was killed inside the University of the Philippines Campus in Quezon City on February 2001.
Kintanar and Lagman were among the CPP leaders who strongly opposed Sison’s points.
They got no justice under CPP.
The mastermind and the killers remained free until this year.
The CPP cadres who rejected Sison’s wrong views were called enemies of the revolution.
Even the judiciary in Hong Kong was said to be under the influence of the Communist government as two independent lawmakers were removed from Hong Kong’s lawmaking body by the judiciary.
In the Philippines, the public have this perception that the leaders of the executive branch deliberately intervene and influence the decisions of any unit of the judiciary in exchange of huge bribes.
The amount is so big so that it would be difficult for the people in the judiciary to ignore the offer.
The communists are extremely mad if the Philippine government attacks the journalists claiming that press freedom is not exempted from the wrath of the government.
In China and even in other communist-controlled governments stop press freedom because the latter is a capitalist-oriented press.
A Communist government allows journalists in its country if they write about the supposed goodness of communist rule compared to non-communist leadership.
Its press writes news in favor of the communist rule.
It informs the citizens about the government and communist party’s decisions.
The journalists career will end if they expose corruption, plunder, wrongdoings, and fishy deals in the Communist government.
The late communist leader in Metro Manila-Rizal, Filemon Lagman severely berated this writer 1997 (if I exactly remember the year) after he read The Manila Times banner stating defects and questionable accomplishments of urban poor people’s struggle from Freedom Island in Paranque City under his leadership.
The defects that were itemized in my Times story came from some leaders of the urban poor from the Freedom Island whose recognized boss was Lagman and other reliable sources who have knowledge in the supposed “best” accomplishment of urban poor struggle in the Philippines.
Some CPP cadres also expressed anger on journalists who wrote news stories against CPP and its fronts and its protracted armed struggle.
All the human rights violations that have been happening in Hong Kong under CCP rule was “the worst year since [its] handover [to China by Great Britain] in terms of rule of law and freedom of expression,” according to AI.
AI stressed on its findings that “The government has a responsibility to ensure that citizens can express their views freely without fear.”
It argued that the Communist government must not invoke “obscure laws” to harass and intimidate the citizens.
The experience of Hong Kong under communist rule is not an isolated case since it happened in all communist-controlled even in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) when Joseph Stalin became its leader following the death of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
In the case of CPP, Sison is somewhat behave this time reportedly because he lost control in the “re-affirm” camp of the CPP.
The question is: What is the insurance that human rights of the Filipino citizens will be respected and protected if the CPP wins the armed struggle against the Philippine government?