Locsin: Myanmar's Suu Kyi deserved her Nobel Peace Prize


Posted at Nov 20 2017 11:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte attends a state dinner with Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyitaw, Myanmar in this March 20, 2017 file photo. Pyay Kyaw Aung, Reuters/file

Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations Teddy Locsin Jr. on Monday said Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi deserved her Nobel Peace Prize, which she won in 1991.

Locsin said it is unfair to think that Suu Kyi needs to return her Nobel Peace Prize because of what is happening in her country now.

"That's absolutely unfair. She should return the keys to the city of this and that place in the UK, that's fine. But the Nobel, she really earned [that], more than anyone I can think of," he told ANC.

"But she deserves that, and I'll tell you, she had no support from anyone. Not from my government then, when we felt we were the only ones, you know, the leaders of democracy, and so with the rest...This woman was all alone, and she got this far," Locsin said.

Locsin also said Suu Kyi explained the situation in Myanmar when it was brought up during the recent ASEAN Summit in Metro Manila.

"But she held her own with great dignity, I can tell you that. She explained that she's doing what she can, she gave a time table of three weeks, when borders will open, humanitarian aid can come in," he said.

The Philippines, which hosted the biannual ASEAN Summit, was among 10 nations that opposed the draft text which calls for full and unhindered humanitarian aid access and for Myanmar to grant full citizenship rights to Rohingya Muslims, who are treated by Buddhists as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

A total of 135 countries voted in favor of the resolution while 26 abstained, paving the way for the revival of the text which was dropped last year due to the country's progress on human rights under the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Among ASEAN nations, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar voted against the draft, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam were in favor, while Singapore and Thailand abstained.