Malacañang condemns Iceland-led UN Human Rights Council resolution on Philippines

“The Palace objects and condemns the resolution of Iceland, favored by 17 other countries during the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the same being based on false information and unverified facts and figures,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement a day after the adoption of said UNHRC resolution.

“The subject resolution not only was not unanimously adopted, but it didn’t even get a simple majority of the 47 countries. The voting is not decisive in its favor. Only 18 countries out of the 47 member-countries voted for the resolution. A simple majority would have been 24,” Panelo said.

He said that this means that majority of the members are not really convinced of the resolution calling for the investigation of the so-called extra-judicial killings in our country.

Panelo added that the other 17 countries of the resolution certainly have been misled by Iceland, which in turn was led astray by the continuing and relentless false news, published by a few biased media in the country and elsewhere. 

“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,” Panelo said.

He also said that the resolution is offensive and insulting to the sensibilities of the 81% of the Filipino people who expressed satisfaction on the kind of forceful and effective governance that President Rodrigo Duterte has given them.

“The resolution demonstrates how the Western powers are scornful of our sovereign exercise of protecting our people from the scourge of prohibited drugs that threaten to destroy the fabric of our society. Their intrusive abuse is patent and condemnable,” Panelo said.

“In any case, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has already spoken. He will be reviewing the intent of the proposed investigation and will decide thereafter on whether to permit the same to proceed or not. 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 have been – nor will there ever be – state-sponsored killings in this part of the world,” he added.

“This Administration remains unwavering and unstoppable in its continuing campaign to provide a safe environment for every Filipino. The Chief Executive will be unyielding in his constitutional duty to serve the general welfare of the citizenry, protect the Filipino people from the peril spawned by illegal drugs, and to fiercely preserve the Republic from the enemies of the state,” Panelo said.