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Solid tayo! Palace shrugs off threat of removal from UN Human Rights Council

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Malacañang has scoffed an international watchdog group’s warning that the Philippines might be removed from the United Nations Human Rights Council over the human rights violations allegedly committed during the Duterte administration.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Monday (October 9) said countries which the Philippines enjoys strong trade relations with “know better” than believe “gloomy and depressing scenarios” painted by watchdog groups.

“These countries continue to treat us with mutual respect; and cognizant of our sovereignty, and they continue to support us in dealing with our domestic challenges and in achieving our national goals without undue interference,” he said in a press briefing.

In other words, we’re saying that with those who really truly matter in terms of economics… They continue to have relationships with us and we’re on solid ground, solid economic ground,” Abella added.

Human Rights Watch Geneva advocacy director John Fisher has warned that the alleged human rights violations occurring in the Philippines might give the UN General Assembly grounds to consider the country’s removal from the UNHRC.