AT LEAST three senators reminded the administration that being a member of the United Nations, the Philippines should respect and welcome any official act of the international body.
The lawmakers were commenting on the recommendation of some UN Human Rights experts for an independent investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war.
Senator Leila de Lima said that thousands of Filipino lives were unjustly taken, and the President and his allies remain unperturbed.
“Worse, they always readily dismiss efforts by international forces to solve and put an end into the extrajudicial killings in the country as another political interference, if not destabilization plot,” de Lima said.
For his part, Opposition Senator Kiko Pangilinan, as a member of the United Nations, it is our responsibility to implement international treaties like UN Convention on Human Rigjts and international covenant of civil and political rights.
“Halos 30,000 na ang namamatay mula nung June 2016. Habang lalo namang lumalala ang problema sa iligal na droga. Mass murder na ang kasalukuyang nagaganap sa ating bansa. Dapat kondenahin at dapat tutulan hindi lang ng mga kababayan natin kundi ng buong mundo,” Pangilinan said.
Meanwhile Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson clarified that it is only a recommendation made by the so-called experts on human rights and whether it will be given due course by the UNHRC is another matter.
“Having said that, the Philippines being a member of the UN in good standing should respect and welcome any official act of the international body,”Lacson said.
The senators issued the statement after Malacañang dismissed as “intellectually challenged” and “an outrageous interference (in) Philippine sovereignty” the call of 11 special rapporteurs for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to launch the independent inquiry.