Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead' resolution

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Posted at Sep 11 2019 12:25 PM

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MANILA - The country's top diplomat on Wednesday said he has forgiven Iceland's "dead" resolution that sought a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines.

"It’s a nothing resolution because at the end of the road it failed. It didn't pass. The majority were abstentions and No. So it’s a dead resolution," Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in an interview on ANC's Headstart.

In July, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the Iceland-backed resolution that called for a report on Manila’s human rights situation, including extrajudicial killings under Duterte’s drug war.

The Philippines has rejected the resolution which was approved by 18 countries.

Fourteen meanwhile voted against it while 15 abstained during the poll held in Geneva.

"It wasn't carried. The point is, they can't do anything about it," Locsin said on ANC's Headstart.

Locsin explained his tweet on September 8 where he had said that the Iceland Resolution is forgiven after citing another tweet on news about the Philippine Coast Guard's newest ship from France.

Meanwhile, Locsin said he still won't allow foreign observers in the country.

"No, I don't want them coming here and then saying everything that they have not proved is true because we saw it. How? Are they going to exhume everybody? They are just going to come here and say we were here and I can tell you the 22,000, an impossible figure to achieve, is real."

"I'm not gonna give them that chance," he said.

Despite his stand, Locsin clarified that the Philippines will not be severing ties from the UNHRC.

"In terms of action it means we stay there and we continue to debate. We stay engaged," he said.

- ANC, Headstart 11 September 2019