Fariñas defends 'drug war' in Russia convention

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 06 2017 12:37 AM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas has defended the Philippine government's anti-narcotics campaign at the convention of Parliamentarians Against Drugs in Moscow, Russia.

Fariñas told fellow lawmakers that President Rodrigo Duterte did not order the shooting of unarmed drug personalities.

Addressing the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Farinas said Duterte has not issued an order to the police authorities to shoot unarmed drug personalities "but only for the police to stand its ground when under attack or threat by an armed drug suspect, which is the generally accepted rules of engagement in any civilized society."

He said Duterte continues to enjoy the support of the Filipino people.

Duterte earlier pledged that two accused Russian drug traffickers will get a fair trial and will be detained in a "comfortable house."

Russia's ties with the Philippines, a long-time U.S. ally, have been improving dramatically under Duterte.

The State Duma is the legislature of the Russian Federation. Fariñas was one of many representatives of different national legislatures including those from Russia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Mexico, Serbia, Tajikistan, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ecuador, and Austria.

Yuri Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also delivered speeches.

Lawmakers Johnny Pimentel, Fredenil Castro, and Rodito Albano joined Fariñas' delegation. They were also accompanied by Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos King Sorreta.