The CHR and human rights groups in general have traditionally functioned as watchdogs of state-perpetrated human rights violations for good reason. It’s because the state and state agents, vested with vast political and police powers, are in the most likely position to violate the rights of ordinary people and get away with it.
The existence of such prisoners of conscience is a slap on any country that claims to be democratic.
After more than a century of serving colonial masters, local dynasties and oligarchs, and after experiencing absolute power under martial law, today’s Philippine National Police (PNP) has become hopelessly mercenary and criminal.
Sometimes, the only way to fix a problem is to get rid of it.
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