Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella defended President Rodridog Duterte in the matters of human rights. He said that the president respects human rights, except those of drug suspects.

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This was after United Nations High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called out Duterte for his “striking lack of understanding of our human rights institutions and the principles which keep societies keep.”

According to him, Filipinos have a right to impartial judicial institutions and to a police force serving justice. 

However, Abella cited that back in the days of Duterte as the Davao mayor until now as the president of the Philippines, no human rights violations have been charged against him. “Notwithstanding the accusations hurled against him, no formal charge of human rights violations has been filed,” Abella said.

“Extrajudicial killings are not the norm under the Duterte administration,” he emphasized.

Furthermore, he reminded that the president, in his inauguration speech, said that his adherence to the due process and the rule of law is uncompromising.

Duterte has expressed that he doesn’t mind that the UN is singling him out regarding issues of human rights, but except that they’re doing it in public. “If you want to criticize me, you bring the matter to the United Nations. They call my attention. Then I will answer, maybe in writing or send somebody there. But I cannot go there personally.”

As an effort to rebut the accusations of human rights violations, the president authorized the release of photographs that showed how the country suffered under the rule of Spaniards and Americans. ASCS

Source: Philstar

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