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United Nations rights council launches 'review' of Philippine drug war

United Nations rights council launches 'review' of Philippine drug war

An independent investigation into reported human rights violations in line with the government's anti-narcotics campaign and its counterinsurgency program is long overdue. "Is that a crime for a president mayor or a governor to say that in public?"

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo described the resolution as "designed to embarrass" the Philippines.

On Thursday (July 11), the United Nations rights council adopted an Iceland-led resolution which seeks a comprehensive written report on the Philippines' human rights situation due to allegations of violations, particularly in the conduct of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. 'It can not, in good conscience, abide by it.

A total of 14 nations, on the other hand, voted "no", including Angola, Bahrain, Cameroon, Hungary, China, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia.

The resolution calls on national authorities, including the Filipino government, to take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances.

"The resolution is grotesquely one-sided, outrageously narrow, and maliciously partisan", Panelo said in a lengthy statement issued overnight.

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The Philippines' drug war has left at least 6,000 drug dealers and addicts dead in police operations between July 2016 and May 2019, with human rights groups alleging that the number of victims has been far higher, reaching as many as 27,000, with many of these including vigilante-style killings. "We will not tolerate any form of disrespect or acts of bad faith". There will be consequences: far-reaching ones. Some children have also been killed in the crossfire or in mistaken-identity shootings. The country's ambassador in Geneva, Evan Garcia, said it "does not represent a triumph of human rights, but a travesty of them". Locsin said the government's campaign will not waiver despite the criticisms, noting: 'The Philippines renews its solemn responsibility to protect the law-abiding against the lawless by any means efficient to achieve the defining objective for the existence and expense of a state. "To that responsibility, my President has made an iron, unwavering and total commitment; and it will not be weakened by this ill-fated resolution".

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday skewered Reykjavik for pushing a United Nations resolution to investigate his administration's bloody war on illegal drugs, by saying that Icelanders "just go about eating ice" and suggesting they are not exposed to crime.

On Friday, Sen. Leila del Lima, a former rights commissioner and Duterte political rival who is in jail for what she claims are false charges related to drug trafficking, said the government was normalizing deaths carried out in the name of the drug war.

Myca Ulpina, a 3-year-old killed on June 29 near Manila, was among the latest and youngest known victims of the crackdown. "Police reportedly accused him of using the girl as a shield, which her mother denied".

"Let them state their objective and I will review", he said.