Robredo: Gov’t anger vs UN resolution is normal, but probe must proceed

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Posted at Jul 13 2019 03:51 AM

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MANILA—Vice-President Leni Robredo on Friday welcomed the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) calling for a thorough review of the country’s sweeping campaign against illegal drugs that has led to thousands of deaths.

“Sa akin, ’yong outrage ng pamahalaan, natural ’yon. ’Yong embarrassment, natural ’yon. Pero ’yong ayaw mong papuntahin, ’yon ’yong hindi natural,” she told DZMM Teleradyo’s “Pasada Sais Trenta.”

“Kung ako, ako pa ’yong mag-iimbita. ‘Sige, punta kayo dito para tingnan niyo na mali ’yong accusation n’yo.’ ”

Families mourn victims of alleged extra-judicial killings connected to the illegal-narcotics industry. UN investigators look to include those murders in a “comprehensive” review of the Philippines’ so-called war on drugs. Bullit Marquez, AP

If the UNHRC starts its review on the alleged human rights violations and UN investigators arrive in the country, Robredo said she would entertain them.

“Ako, oo. Ie-entertain sila, kasi miyembro tayo ng United Nations at mayroong mga procedures na sinusunod,” she said.

“Pero ’yong sa akin, ’yon ’yong hindi ko naiintindihan na kapag sinasabi nating wala tayong tinatago, functioning naman ’yong ating institutions, so bakit hindi natin yayain sila na magpunta dito at ipakita natin ’yong ginagawa natin?”

The resolution filed by Iceland, which seeks to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, was approved by the UNHRC on Thursday. 

Eighteen countries voted yes, 14 said no and 15 abstained from the poll held in Geneva, Switzerland.

While Robredo agrees with President Rodrigo Duterte’s assessment on the country’s drug problem, she disagrees with the latter’s centerpiece domestic policy.

“Dapat nakuha na natin ’yong lesson sa ibang bansa, na ’yong lahat na gumamit ng dahas, hindi naman n’ya nasugpo i’yong problema sa droga,” she said.

Robredo said the government could find proactive solutions if it treats the drug problem as a health problem.

“Pero kapag tinreat kasi natin ’yong . . . halimbawa, ’yong drug addicts as criminals na hindi nga binibigyan ng day in court, tayo na ’yong nagdedesisyon na kung kailangan ba silang patayin o hindi, ’yon ’yong mali,” she said.