Cayetano slams European Parliament resolution seeking end of drug war


Posted at Apr 20 2018 12:39 AM

MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday lashed out at the European Parliament's latest resolution that called on the Philippines to halt its anti-narcotics campaign.

In a statement, Cayetano said the resolution was "based on biased, incomplete and even wrong information and does not reflect the true situation on the ground."

“In case the members of the European Parliament are not aware of it, may we remind them that their recommended actions already constitute interference in the affairs of a sovereign state," he said.

The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution which "condemns all extrajudicial killings and violence...calls on the Philippines to immediately stop all extra judicial killings, enforced disappearances and any incitement to commit such killings."

It also seeks the release and fair trial for detained Sen. Leila de Lima, and the removal of "terrorist" tag from United Nation Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

It also welcomed the International Criminal Court's (ICC) move to conduct a preliminary examination into the crimes allegedly committed under the government's drug war and lamented the Philippines' exit from the international body.

"[The European Parliament] calls on the Government of the Philippines to cooperate fully with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in its preliminary examination of the Philippines; strongly regrets the decision of the Government of the Philippines to initiate its withdrawal from the Rome Statute; calls on the Government to reverse this decision," it said.

Malacañang earlier said the Philippines would not cooperate with the ICC in its ongoing proceedings against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte, meanwhile, warned he will have members of the international court arrested in the Philippines should they visit to investigate the government's anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Despite the adopted resolution, Cayetano said the Philippine government will "continue to engage the European Union in constructive dialogue on all issues...based on the principles of sovereignty, non-interference, and mutual respect."