Duterte finds ally vs UN

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 22 2016 08:32 PM

MANILA - House Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin is supporting President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the United Nations (UN). 

Duterte threatened to withdraw the Philippines from membership in the UN after human rights experts voiced out against the killings in the country amid the ongoing war on drugs.

Garin told a press conference: "The UN I would say, before they speak, they should investigate properly. 'Di naman iyan puro lang extra-judicial killings dito. The President is in the belief na talagang may epidemic ang drug addiction. He approaches that as a pandemic. It's not like we authorize extra-judicial killings. The UN should be more careful in its statements. They are thousands of miles away, 'di nila nakikita. I wish they can be more prudent in their remarks."

(The UN, I would say, before they speak, they should investigate properly. It's not all extra-judicial killings here. The President is of the belief that there is a drug addiction epidemic. He approaches that as a pandemic. It's not like we authorize extra-judicial killings. The UN should be more careful in its statements. They are thousands of miles away. They can't see the situation. I wish they can be more prudent in their remarks.)

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'IMPULSIVE, IMPRUDENT'

Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque, meanwhile, has an opposite view. 

"The threat of President Duterte to withdraw the Philippines' membership from the United Nations (UN) is impulsive, imprudent, and contrary to the interests of the nation," Roque said in a statement. 

"The UN is an organization that embodies fundamental principles of international peace and cooperation. The Philippines has relied on the UN and its Charter in its defense against China's threats of force and attempts at unlawful interventions. 

"It is an understatement to say that the Philippines needs the UN today more than it ever has. Aside from the fact that no State has ever successfully withdrawn from the UN, or had any legitimate reason to do so, repudiating ties with the United Nations will only weaken the Philippine position on foreign affairs.

"The Philippines has worked very hard over the past few weeks to gather international support for the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration over the West Philippine Sea. Withdrawing from the UN or threatening to do so only strengthens China's rhetoric that the UN and its subsidiary institutions are illegitimate.

"Moreover, membership in the UN provides significant protection to the Philippines against in its international disputes. Chapter 6 of the UN Charter allows members to bring any dispute to the attention of the Security Council or the General Assembly. In light of the increasing tensions with China, we would be losing means of peacefully settling our disputes by revoking our membership," he added.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay on Monday said the Philippines is not leaving the United Nations despite Duterte's statement. 

Yasay said Duterte's statement "is a statement expressing profound disappointment and frustration."