Duterte 'seriously considering' cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland

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President Rodrigo Duterte is “seriously considering” to cut diplomatic ties with Iceland after its resolution calling for a probe into the Philippines’ human rights situation was adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 15) — President Rodrigo Duterte is “seriously considering” cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland after the Nordic country's resolution calling for a probe into alleged killings in the country was adopted by United Nations Human Rights Council "based on false information," his spokesman said Monday.

“Just talked (to) PRRD an hour ago. He is seriously considering cutting diplomatic relations with Iceland," Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo said in a message to CNN Philippines. "The adopted Iceland 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,”

Panelo said the resolution that 18 countries led by Iceland voted to adopt demonstrates how Western powers are “scornful” of the Philippines' sovereign exercise of protecting its people from the scourge of illegal drugs. He said it is based on false information and unverified facts and figures.

“Evidently, the resolution was designed to embarrass the Philippines before the international community and the global audience,” he added.

Fourteen countries voted against the resolution, which was drafted by Iceland and was sponsored by 27 other member-states of the UN. Fifteen other countries abstained from voting.

Duterte had earlier said Iceland does not understand the country’s drug problem in its decision to call for the report on the rights situation in the Philippines.

Government data showed that at least 6,600 people have been killed in anti-illegal drug operations under the Duterte administration’s drug war, while other rights groups have pegged the deaths at around 27,000.