Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Duterte blasts 'idiot' critics as United Nations reviews Philippine drug war

Duterte blasts 'idiot' critics as United Nations reviews Philippine drug war

The text, initially proposed by Iceland, secured the backing of 18 states in the 47-member rights council, with 14 nations voting against and 15 abstentions.

The Philippines on Thursday, July 11 rejected a United Nations resolution that mandates a "comprehensive" worldwide review of the drug war that has been ongoing since President Rodrigo Duterte took office three years ago.

Philippines Ambassador Evan Garcia, speaking after the vote, read a statement by his foreign ministry rejecting the resolution as "politically-partisan and one-sided".

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

UNHCR's High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet is now mandated to prepare a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines.

The CHR also reiterated its previous calls for the government to allow "thorough, transparent, and independent investigations of all alleged violations of human rights in the country by demonstrating to the world that "our local mechanisms are genuinely working and are sufficient to address demands for justice and the rule of law to prevail".

"We are fortunate enough to enjoy human rights in Iceland, which we take for granted", Thordarson later said in an interview with, an Icelandic news organization.

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Human rights groups say there is a pattern of executions, planted evidence and falsified reports, and a state unwilling to investigate widespread allegations of systematic abuses by police during the three-year-old crackdown.

In a statement Amnesty International's Nicholas Bequelin said the United Nations resolution "provides hope for thousands of bereaved families in the Philippines, and countless more Filipinos bravely challenging the Duterte administration's murderous "war on drugs". Police say at least 6,600 people connected to the drug trade have been killed since then, though activists say the real number is at least four times that.

Locsin said "there will be consequences" for Western countries pushed for the probe.

Since the resolution wasn't universally adopted, it is questionable and the Philippines' foreign policy is "friend to friends, enemy to enemies and a worse enemy to false friends", he said in a veiled warning to the nations that voted in favor of the resolution. He also warned that "there will be consequences" as the human rights body has insulted Filipinos in passing a baseless measure. Myca Ulpina, a 3-year-old girl who died last June 29 near Manila, is among the last and youngest known victims. "There will be consequences, far-reaching consequences".

Laila Matar of Human Rights Watch criticised his comments.

Duterte, asked by reporters in Manila whether he would allow access to United Nations rights officials to investigate, said: "Let them state their objective and I will review it". Police said she had been used as a human shield by her father, but the family disputes this.

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