Duterte blasts 'idiot' critics as United Nations reviews Philippine drug war

Human rights advocates display placards during a news conference following the United Nations Human Rights Council's resolution in Geneva Friday

Human rights advocates display placards during a news conference following the United Nations Human Rights Council's resolution in Geneva Friday

Government has repeatedly denied involvement in summary killings, saying drug suspects slain in police operations had resisted arrest.

THE United Nations has approved a resolution to investigate President Rodrigo R. Duterte's war on drugs that has killed thousands. It was proposed by Iceland and supported by 18 nations.

"Do not presume to threaten states with accountability for a tough approach to crushing crime" in which some countries were complicit and others tolerant, he said.

Panelo asserted on July 12 that there are no state-sponsored killings in the Philippines despite the alarming number of deaths in the government's anti-narcotics campaign. "What killings?" he tweeted. Duterte has fired off insults at United Nations human rights experts, and the government sought to have the expert on the rights of indigenous people, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, declared a terrorist when she criticized the government's actions.

The country's sovereignty, moreover, is not violated when fundamental human rights of individuals, as members of the human race and independent of their status as citizens, are sought to be protected by local or global bodies from violations by agents of their own government.

Iceland took the lead on a series of statements of concern on the Philippine drug war, supported an investigation into abuses in the civil war in Yemen, backed calls for an global inquiry into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi by agents of Saudi Arabia, and this week joined a statement critical of China's treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang province.

Activists and families of drug war victims display placards during a protest against the war on drugs by President Rodrigo Duterte in Quezon city, Metro Manila in Philippines, August 28, 2018.

Government data show at least 6,600 people have been killed in anti-illegal drug operations since Duterte took office in July 2016, The country's independent Commission on Human Rights as well as worldwide human rights groups have pegged the deaths at more than 27,000 that are filed by the police as "homicides under investigation". Myca Ulpina, a 3-year-old girl who died last June 29 near Manila, is among the last and youngest known victims. Police say her father, Renato, used his daughter as a human shield.

Locsin Jr., said the UN Human Rights Council's decision Thursday "flies in the face of everything the Philippines has worked for when it founded the Human Rights Council".

Amnesty International hailed Thursday's vote as "crucial". His country is among the council's 47 members.

"This resolution does not represent a triumph of human rights but a travesty of them", he added. "There will be consequences, far-reaching ones".

Laila Matar of New York-based Human Rights Watch criticized his comments.

"We have our own laws, Constitution and our human rights is perfectly protected by our constitution and by our laws", the PNP Chief told reporters at the sideline of the second anniversary of the PNP-Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

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