U.S. concerned about reports of extrajudicial killings in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The U.S. is "concerned" over reports of extrajudicial killings of suspects involved in illegals drugs in the Philippines.

In a statement released through its embassy in Manila on Friday, the U.S. said that it was strongly urging the Philippines to ensure that its law enforcement operations would be consistent with its human rights obligations.

CNN Philippines Research data show there are over 200 reported killings with unknown assailants in the country since June 30 up to August 7 this year.

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"The United States strongly believes in the rule of law, due process, and respect for universal human rights, and that these principles promote long-term security."

The statement also reacted to President Rodrigo Duterte's insult on U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg during a televised speech in Cebu City

"Kaya nga sabi ko noong si (U.S. Secretary of State John) Kerry, kasama kami ni (incoming Philippine National Defense) Secretary, si Delfin (Lorenzana), kausap namin si  Kerry. OK naman siya kasi, nag-away kami ng ambassador niya (Philip Goldberg). Iyong ambassador niyang bakla, p*****i**, buwisit ako diyan.  Nakikisali doon sa election, giving [a] statement. You're not supposed to do that"

[Translation: I was with (incoming Philippine National Defense Secretary) Delfin (Lorenzana). We talked to (U.S. Secretary of State) John Kerry, he was actually OK because I had a fight with his ambassador. I told him: your ambassador is a gay, son of a b**** I was pissed at him, for interfering in the elections, giving statements here and there. He wasn't supposed to do that.]

Duterte said that Goldberg should not have "interfered" during the last presidential election, after the latter gave statements about Duterte's comments on the rape of an Australian missionary.

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"As stated by Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of the Office of Press Relations at U.S. Department of State, the Philippine Chargé was asked to come to the State Department so we could directly convey our view that the comments were inappropriate and unacceptable," the Embassy said.

During the same speech in Cebu, Duterte said the Kerry gave $33 million in aid during the Secretary of State's visit.

"So, that Kerry, noong pumunta siya dito, nagkain kami. Iniwanan pa kami ni — si Delfin (Lorenzana) — ng $33 million. OK ito ah. Bastusin natin ulit para mag-areglo itong buang na it. Pera pala ito. Pera-pera lang," Duterte said.

[Translation: Kerry came here, we had a meal, and he left me and Delfin $33 million. I said, OK, maybe we should offend them more, so this crazy will just give more money, just to make peace. So, it's all about the money.]

The U.S. Embassy clarified that the funding was $32 million, and was "not new funding, but rather cumulative funding previously appropriated that is currently implementing.

"Assistance provided by these funds is subject to the same rigorous vetting as our other security assistance. All of our security assistance promotes human rights through training content and by promoting professionalism, due process, and the rule of law. "

The Embassy stressed that the relationship between both countries "has withstood the test of time" and remained as one of the U.S. government's "most important in the Asia Pacific."

"Our bilateral relationship with the Philippines is broad-ranging from law enforcement to trade and development cooperation, and counts on vibrant and undeniably strong people-to-people and societal ties."