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Nakalimutan na ang Tokhang! PH re-elected to UN Human Rights Council

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The Philippines won its bid to keep its seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council despite international criticism of the administration’s war on drugs.

Philippine Ambassador to the UN Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. said the Philippines garnered 165 votes of 192 votes cast by Member-States during elections held in New York on Friday (October 12).

The victory means a fresh three-year term for the Philippines in the 47-member council, from 2019 to 2021.

The Philippines first served in the Council from 2007 to 2009.

Outgoing Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hailed the election results as a vindication of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“Our successful bid to keep our seat in the Council is proof that many in the international community remain convinced the Philippines respects and protects human rights and have seen through the efforts of some to politicize and weaponize the issue,” he said.

Aside from the Philippines, the other Member-States elected by the General Assembly were Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Italy, Somalia, Togo and Uruguay.