'Outrageous' says rights group on Locsin's drug war remarks


Posted at Jul 10 2019 09:58 AM | Updated as of Jul 10 2019 11:34 AM

MANILA - Human Rights Watch on Wednesday described as "outrageous and malicious" Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.'s remarks on an Iceland-backed resolution for the UN to investigate the Philippines' drug war.

Locsin said on Twitter on Tuesday that if Iceland's resolution gathered support, "that means bonuses for everyone who worked for it—from the drug cartels."

"This is an outrageous and malicious statement by the Philippines’ top diplomat. It shows the desperation of the Philippine government to frustrate accountability for its atrocious 'drug war'," HRW Philippines researcher Carlos Conde said.

The UN resolution urged the Philippine government to prevent extrajudicial executions and formally called on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.

Malacañang said the foreign countries should respect the Philippines’ sovereignty and independence as it asserted that the Duterte administration respects human rights.

The Geneva forum is set to vote on the resolution before ending its 3-week session on July 12. The Philippines is among its current 47 members.