UP Doctor Slams Liberal International for Giving an Award to Leila De Lima


A Doctor from the University of the Philippines slammed Liberal International (LI) for giving an award to Senator Leila De Lima for being an advocate of human rights.

On July 28, Liberal International gives it’s a prestigious award to Sen. Leila De Lima, the same honor give to former President Corazon Aquino.

However, Tranquilino believes that the award given by the said organization to Sen. De Lima was an insult to the Filipino people.

In his open letter, the doctor addressed LI for mocking the Philippines for giving an award to a senator who was detained for allegedly protecting the illegal drug trade in the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was still the Justice Secretary.

Tranquilino labeled the group as a “joke,” and it’s event as ‘parse’ saying that they “disrespected” the democracy of the Philippines by honoring De Lima.

You can read his whole post below:

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 FREEDOM, WE CAN ONLY SAY ONE THING ABOUT THIS GROUP, IT’S A JOKE!

LIBERAL INTERNATIONAL IS A FARCE!

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. YOU DISRESPECTED OUR DEMOCRACY AND INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONS BY HONORING AN INDICTED FELON LIKE De LIEma.

IT MAKES US PUKE!

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.’


Several of Tranquilino’s friends also agreed with what he said.

“Only in the Philippines. When you’re in prison and yet stays connected with the minions, the longer you stay there, the more awards you get. And the biased media are buying this crap.” Netizen Hudson Baduria said in his comment.

“Liberal International’s choice of awardee reflects the kind of organization it is…fit for a dustbin!” netizen Pagan M. Ama remarked

During the awarding ceremony, De Lima’s family represented the detained Senator in receiving the prestigious award.

LI president Juli Minoves also described De Lima as a “prisoner of conscience” and also believes that her detention was “unjust”.

Former President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Leni Robredo were also present to the event.

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