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Palace: UNHRC reso meant to embarrass PH

Malacañang yesterday rejected the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution seeking an investigation on President Duterte’s war on drugs and the human rights situation in the Philippines.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo called the resolution filed by Iceland and adopted by the UNHRC as one-sided, narrow, and partisan. Eighteen member-countries votes in favor, 14 were against, and 15 abstained.

Panelo said it demonstrates how Western countries are “scornful” of the Philippines’ sovereign exercise of protecting its people.

“The resolution is grotesquely one-sided, outrageously narrow, and maliciously partisan. It reeks of nauseating politics completely devoid of respect for the sovereignty of our country, even as it is bereft of the gruesome realities of the drug menace in the country,” he said. “Their intrusive abuse is patent and condemnable. It smacks of politicization designed to force our free state to be subservient to their imagined superiority,” he added.

Panelo also said that the resolution was designed to embarrass the Philippines before the international community and the global audience.

“The Philippines is a sovereign state, undeserving of any intrusion by any country, under whatever disguised lofty principle it advances,” Panelo said. “Any attempt to undermine our sovereignty will receive an uproarious rejection from our countrymen, it being a naked affront to their authority to run their domestic affairs they deem fit under the prevailing circumstances,” he added.

Panelo argued that the adoption of the resolution is offensive and insulting to the Filipinos who are satisfied with the kind of “forceful and effective governance” of President Duterte.

“The consistent results of periodic independent surveys, showing the unprecedented support given to the unique style of leadership of this President, are a repudiation of those who disagree or question his methodology in dismantling the apparatus of the drug syndicate,” Panelo said. (Argyll Geducos)