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Duterte blasts ‘idiot’ critics as UN reviews Philippine drug war

Duterte blasts ‘idiot’ critics as UN reviews Philippine drug war

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has blasted Iceland over its sponsorship of a UN resolution demanding a comprehensive report on human rights situation in the Asian island nation, saying Reykjavik simply doesn't understand or have to deal with the kinds of problems he deals with, Philippine outlet Rappler has reported.

The measure, presented by Iceland, cites allegations of thousands of killings since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a campaign against illegal drugs in mid-2016.

The said resolution called on the rights council to thoroughly review the human rights situation in the Philippines.

The resolution calls on the Filipino government to "take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances".

The Iceland resolution expressed concern on reported cases of extrajudicial killings in line with the drug war, but also raised the issue of reported violations targeting critics and human rights defenders. The remaining 10 resolutions were passed by votes, including ones on human rights in the Philippines, global cooperation in human rights, among others.

'This war on drugs, as we have repeatedly said, it's a sham war, he told a news briefing yesterday in Geneva.

United Nations human rights experts called last month for an investigation into the "staggering number" of extrajudicial killings, which the Philippines' human rights commission has estimated could run to more than 27,000.

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Locsin added that in light of this resolution, which was backed by several countries the Philippines considers allies including the United Kingdom and Australia, the foreign policy of the Philippines had shifted from "friend to all, enemy to none" to "friend to friends, enemy to enemies, and a worse enemy to false friends". "Thus, the Philippines rejects this resolution", he added. According to media reports and human rights activists, number of victims is between 27,000 and 30,000, counting the murders committed by vigilantes. "The resolution is grotesquely one-sided, outrageously narrow and maliciously biased", said Panelo last night.

The Philippines National Police have said more than 6,600 have been killed during anti-drug operations, but independent monitors believe the numbers are much higher. "Police reportedly accused him of using the girl as a shield, which her mother denied".

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the resolution "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 March, the Philippines withdrew from the International Criminal Court, which is examining Duterte's anti-drug campaign.

The deputy Geneva director for Human Rights Watch, Leila Matar, said it was a "modest but vital" step.

"Should it proceed impartially, we are certain that its result will only lead to the humiliation of the investigators, as well as of Iceland and the 17 other nations supporting it, since there never has been - nor will there ever be - state-sponsored killings in this part of the world".