• 07/17/2019
  • 12:58 PM
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DUTERTE CRITICS LAUD UN SCRUTINY OF DRUG KILLINGS



Critics of the Philippine president's deadly anti-drug campaign say a vote by the UN's top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects is a crucial step toward bringing perpetrators to justice.

However, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman on Friday condemned the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as Western meddling in Philippine government affairs and questioned the validity of the narrow vote.

A Duterte ally said the killings were not state-sponsored.

Speaking at a news conference Friday in Manila, Cristina Palabay of the Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights praised the UN resolution calling for greater scrutiny in the Philippines.

The Human Rights Council voted 18-14 with 15 abstentions Thursday to approve the Iceland-initiated resolution, which called on the Philippine government to take all steps to prevent extrajudicial killings and asked the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a comprehensive report on rights in the Philippines. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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