Philippines not leaving UNHRC — Locsin

Teodoro Locsin Jr.

THE Philippines is not withdrawing its membership from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) following the adoption of a resolution calling for a review of the country’s human rights situation.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. issued the clarification yesterday after some newspaper dailies reported that the Secretary was hinting that the Philippines may withdraw its membership from the UNHRC.

“(The) UNHRC vote is a small and harmless matter; we’re staying in UNHRC as a pedagogical duty to teach Europeans moral manners. We’re not severing diplomatic relations with any country. If we did, where’s the conversation? How do you insult those who insulted us if you cut them off?” Locsin said on his Twitter account.

Locsin was referring to an earlier post on his Twitter account when he responded to questions whether the Philippines had a foreign post in Reykjavík and if its envoy had made representation regarding the resolution.

“No embassy in Iceland. Nor does Iceland have an embassy here. Iceland took the place of the US after it withdrew from the Human Rights Council. I think we need to follow America more,” Locsin tweeted on Saturday.

He said the government will retain its UNHRC membership and will continue to work with the body.