Senator Imee suggests outright cutting of ties with Iceland

“Para sa akin, agad-agad na natin putulin kaagad yung diplomatic ties with Iceland. Ano naman ang pakialam nila sa atin?” Senator Imee Marcos said over radio station DWIZ after the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council adopted Iceland-initiated resolution on Philippine human rights situation.

“Wala naman sila dito sa Pilipinas, hindi naman sila nagsisi-punta rito, wala nga silang makuhang ebidensya. Puro sa mga Pilipino na nakikikuntsaba sa kanila sa New York, eh bakit biglang marami silang alam?” she added.

“Masyadong panghihimasok ‘yan. They’re passing judgment on something they don’t know,” the lady senator said.

Senator Marcos said in a statement that “a strong statement is in order that the values and political agenda of other countries, many of them developed countries like Iceland, cannot be imposed on an independent country like the Philippines.” 

“They point a finger at the Philippines for alleged human rights violations, yet they justify the killing of defenseless, unborn children,” she explained.

“Other countries cannot presume to know better how we should enforce our own drug laws,” Marcos noted. “Due process may seem slow in investigating alleged human rights violations, but the rule of law prevails and has not been set aside.”

President Rodrigo Duterte said on July 12 “Iceland? Ano ang problema ng Iceland? Ice lang. That’s your problem. You have too much ice and there is no clear day or night there. Parang alas kwatro ng hapon ang araw pati gabi. So you can understand why there is no crime, there is no policemen either and they just go about eating ice.”

“And if you look at the map of the Philippines, your right hand is the east, your left hand is the west. So they are jettisoning drugs here, nag-je-jettison rin sila dito sa kabila,” the President said.