Duterte mocks Iceland over UN vote on war on drugs

Duterte mocks 'ice-eating' Iceland over U.N. vote on Philippine war on drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in TokyoMore

The delegation from the Philippines, which is among the council's 47 members, had lobbied hard against the resolution, which asks national authorities to prevent extrajudicial killings and cooperate with United Nations human rights boss Michelle Bachelet, who is to report her findings in June 2020. She will present this to the council's 44th session by midyear 2020.

So far, CHR is investigating some 1,500 cases of alleged extrajudicial killings.

Referring to frequent criticism that he publicly gave police orders to kill, he said there was nothing wrong with protecting his country.

"So what's wrong? I am asking the human rights people".

Locsin added that in light of this resolution, which was backed by several countries the Philippines considers allies including the United Kingdom and Australia, the foreign policy of the Philippines had shifted from "friend to all, enemy to none" to "friend to friends, enemy to enemies, and a worse enemy to false friends". It was proposed by Iceland and supported by 18 nations.

While the resolution did not establish a full commission of enquiry, as many activists had hoped it would, the green light for Bachelet to begin investigations is the council's strongest condemnation of Duterte's actions yet and could have severe consequences.

Reports and documents produced from these meetings are also made available on the council's website.

Fourteen countries rejected the resolution while 15 abstained from voting. "The resolution is grotesquely one-sided, outrageously narrow and maliciously biased", said Panelo last night.

"It reeks of nauseating politics completely devoid of respect for the sovereignty of our country, even as it is bereft of the gruesome realities of the drug menace".

"Possible, it's because it's part of propaganda. So you can understand why there is no crime, no policeman either, and they just go about eating ice", said Duterte.

However, Albayalde said the PNP will submit to the wisdom of President Duterte, who, the police chief said, has the final say in the matter. The statements could also put independent human rights workers and global observers in a position of vulnerability, red-tagged as enemies of government.

It also called on the Philippine government to "take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances" and to conduct "impartial investigations and to hold perpetrators accountable in accordance with worldwide norms and standards including due process and the rule of law".

The local human rights agency said government officials should cooperate with the council rather than threaten it.

The resolution called for Philippine government cooperation, "including by facilitating country visits and preventing and refraining from all acts of intimidation or retaliation".

If Duterte allows the investigation and it proceeds impartially, Panelo said, "We are certain its result will only lead to the humiliation of the investigators, as well as of Iceland and the 17 other nations".

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