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Sunday, October 15, 2017

A brilliant and unbiased case study of a UP alumnus on Jover Laurio's issue

Jover Laurio and Aureli Sinsuat, photo compiled from Google
Aureli Sinsuat, an employee under Senator Win Gatchalian, said that people supporting Jover Laurio, the blogger behind Pinoy Ako Blog, are supporting fake news.

"If you are willing to denounce “fake news” when it offends your political and moral sensibilities, yet refuse to condemn equally malicious content when it suits your purposes, then you are no better than the pro-administration “trolls” you so arrogantly disparage on a daily basis."



He said that Pinoy AKo Blog (PAB) on September 24, 2017 published a satirical open-letter to his employer, Senator Win Gatchalian, titled “Isa pang Senador Hindi Alam ang Mandato ng CHR”.

He said that in that post, PAB slammed Gatchalian’s call for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate the tragic hazing death of freshman UST Law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo.

"The post was arrogant, poorly written, unfairly disparaging, and downright defamatory, even going so far as to feature a photo of Gatchalian edited to include several cartoon trolls. It also contained outright misinformation concerning the mandate of CHR, which has been a highly-charged political issue as of late," he said.

He said that the statement was false, as according to Atty De Leon of the CHR herself, during the Atio case Senate hearing, the CHR also investigates violations committed against vulnerable sectors, including the youth.

According to Atty. De Leon, several human rights were indeed violated by the hazing perpetrators (law students, who are obviously non-State actors), including the right of a person to be free from any cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment; arbitrary deprivation of life; and the right to dignity. She also mentioned that the CHR had already investigated hazing cases in the past, well before the extent of their mandate had become a political flashpoint.



Sinsuat criticized how PAB  berated Senator Win for calling on CHR to give recommendations on how to stop hazing:

“At bakit CHR ang magrerecommend ng appropriate steps? Trabaho niyo po yan na gumawa ng batas to stop the senseless killings. Or baguhin niyo ang existing law ngayon ang Anti Hazing Law. Pero hindi pa naman po huli ang lahat. Puwede pa kayong magbasa po ng mga cases at books para po next time, tamang statement na po sasabihin niyo po. Hindi na asal troll," the blog was quoted as saying.

He quoted Sec. 18(6), Art. XIII of the 1987 Constitution? It is expressly stated therein that one of the functions of CHR is to “recommend to the Congress effective measures to promote human rights and to provide for compensation to victims of violations of human rights, or their families.”

"No? Oh. Well, then the author must be joking in her implication that Senator Win was just lazily passing the buck on to CHR without doing any legislative work on hazing himself, right? Surely, the author must have read about the priority bill filed by Senator Gatchalian to repeal and replace the Anti-Hazing Law of 1995? A bill which has been the senator’s advocacy since his days in the House of Representatives, where it had already been approved on third and final reading?" he said.

Source: Aureli Sinsuat

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