Pabillio and Bastes on UNHRC resolution on PH drug war: Dapat pumayag ang gobyerno kung walang itinatago

In an interview, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the government should allow the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate the human rights situation in the Philippines.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo and Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes / Composite photos from Manila Bulletin and UCAnews

If the government considers itself above board in its drug war it should allow itself to be investigated by an outside entity. If it does not it has something dirty to hide,” Pabillo said.

On July 11, the 47-member UN Human Rights Council adopted the Iceland-initiated resolution by a vote of 18 in favor, 14 opposed, and 15 abstaining.

Recently, Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes asked the government to respect the move of the UNHRC.



The Philippines is a member of UN. Hence, our government must respect or obey the UN resolution seeking an investigation into the human rights situation in our country,” he said.

The UN should not be fooled by the ‘study’ of Duterte!” he said.

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We do not need the ‘study’ of Duterte whether to allow this investigation! This is absolutely unnecessary because even his own policemen have admitted that about 6,000 persons were killed in an EJK way, although this number is far below the true number of murdered Filipinos,” Bastes added.

There are thousands of testimonies regarding deaths without the benefit of judicial process!” he said.

Malacañang, however, strongly condemned the resolution adopted by the UNHRC.

"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, even as it is bereft of the gruesome realities of the drug menace in the country," said Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo in a statement on Friday, July 12.



The Palace said the adoption of the Iceland-proposed resolution was an insult to the majority of Filipinos who expressed satisfaction with Duterte's governance in local surveys.

"The overwhelming majority of the Filipino electorate, who mercilessly crushed the intellectual and nationalist pretensions of those who peddled the bogus news, untruthful accounts and vicious propaganda on the President’s campaign against illegal drugs, are grossly and thoroughly insulted by the resolution that echoes such falsities," said Panelo.


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Pabillio and Bastes on UNHRC resolution on PH drug war: Dapat pumayag ang gobyerno kung walang itinatago Pabillio and Bastes on UNHRC resolution on PH drug war: Dapat pumayag ang gobyerno kung walang itinatago Reviewed by Nathan Singson on July 15, 2019 Rating: 5

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