Human rights advocates and defenders in the Philippines after the United Nations Human Rights Council approved a resolution mandating a comprehensive international review of the drug war in the country. Photo: AFP

Philippines won’t quit UN rights council or sever ties with Iceland despite Duterte’s threat: Locsin

  • Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr dismissed the UN vote to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs as ‘a small and harmless matter’
  • However, he singled out Iceland, the country which tabled the draft resolution, as ‘a nation of women beaters and eugenicists’
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Human rights advocates and defenders in the Philippines after the United Nations Human Rights Council approved a resolution mandating a comprehensive international review of the drug war in the country. Photo: AFP
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Relatives of drug war victims at a memorial mass in Manila on July 9, 2019. Photo: AFP

UN probe into Duterte’s Philippines drugs war welcomed by activists – but Manila calls move an ‘insult’

  • Activists say the UN investigation will help Filipinos get accountability for the ‘spate of killings’, which has claimed the lives of even toddlers
  • Manila has lambasted the move as baseless and disrespectful, while Duterte mocked Iceland over its role in spearheading the UN resolution
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Relatives of drug war victims at a memorial mass in Manila on July 9, 2019. Photo: AFP
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