'We're staying': PH won’t leave UN rights body, says Locsin


Posted at Jul 16 2019 09:33 AM

MANILA - The Philippines will remain in the United Nations Human Rights Council even after the Council voted to adopt a resolution seeking to review the the Philippine government's drug war, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Tuesday. 

Locsin, in a Twitter post, said the UNHRC vote was "a small and harmless matter" and that the Philippines will not be severing relations with any country.

"We're staying in UNHRC as a pedagogical duty to teach Europeans moral manners. We're NOT severing diplomatic relations with any country. If we did, where's the conversation? How do you insult those who insulted us if you cut them off?" he said.

Locsin earlier hinted that the Philippines might withdraw the UN rights body following the vote.

"No embassy in Iceland. Nor does Iceland have an embassy here. Iceland took the place of the US after it withdrew from the Human Rights Council. I think we need to follow America more," he said.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has said he supports cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland after it called for the UN investigation on the administration’s anti-narcotics campaign.

“Oo naman kasi 'pag ang isang bansa ay nagpapahayag ng mga posisyon na makakasira sa ating kasarinlan o sovereignty, eh kailangan talagang putulin natin ang relasyon natin sa kanila," Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo told reporters.

(Yes because if a country expresses a position that would violate our sovereignty, we should sever our relationship with them.)

Panelo said the Philippines should take a serious look at its relationship with other countries that supported the Iceland-initiated resolution.

“As Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin said, that is a consideration on the table,” Panelo said.

The UNHRC on Thursday approved the resolution, with 18 countries supporting it, 14 in opposition, and 15 abstention.