Duterte admin objects, condemns UN Council's resolution on PH drug war killings

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12) — The Duterte administration strongly denounced the United Nations Rights Council's looming investigation into the Philippines' bloody war against illegal drugs.

"The Palace objects and condemns the resolution of Iceland, favored by 17 other countries during the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the same being based on false information and unverified facts and figures," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement on Friday.

The UN Council on Thursday adopted a resolution calling for a probe into the human rights situation in the Philippines. The resolution was approved by 18 countries, including Iceland, in the 47-member UN Human Rights Council. Fourteen other nations, including the Philippines and China, voted against it. The remaining 15 abstained.

The Philippine government said that there is doubt on the resolution's validity as it did not get a simple majority of the 47 countries, saying 24 countries should have voted in favor. Panelo also claimed the 17 countries who voted for the resolution were "certainly misled" by Iceland because they were fed with false news and unverified drug war death figures.

"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... Evidently, the resolution was designed to embarrass the Philippines before the international community and the global audience," Panelo said.

President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman said the government policies against illegal drugs and crime will remain unrelenting despite the international outcry.

"The Duterte presidency is not cowed or weakened by such resolution. This administration remains unwavering and unstoppable in its continuing campaign to provide a safe environment for every Filipino," Panelo said.

Philippine top diplomat Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr. said the resolution will have no effect.

"Such resolutions especially those passed by a tiny minority can and will be ignored. No consequences," Locsin said on Twitter.

Locsin also warned that the "initiative to insult the Philippines with the assumption without proof that it commits gross abuses" will have "far reaching consequences".

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 international human rights groups have pegged the deaths at more than 27,000 that are filed by the police as "homicides under investigation."

Duterte, despite the resistance of some of his Cabinet members, said he may consider allowing the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the human rights situation in the country — as long as they explain their intent for the probe.

“Let them state their purpose and I will review. Kung dagdag lang sila sa intriga [If they'll just add to the intrigue], they better go to the media. And the media will tell them the truth," he told reporters Thursday in Malacañang.

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