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World needs to know about Duterte govt’s abusive, corrupt drug war – Risa Hontiveros

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Filipino lives matter.

The Duterte government must heed the international community’s call to stop impunity and violence in the country rather than merely ignoring it for supposed lack of understanding, Senator Risa Hontiveros said over the weekend.

“This is an important moment for the administration. Its fate and place in history shall rest partly on how it will respond to the international community and the growing public clamor to end impunity and violence across the country,” she wrote on Facebook.

Hontiveros issued the statement as she rallied behind Vice President Leni Robredo’s recent video message to the United Nations about the soaring death toll from President Duterte’s bloody war on illegal drugs and rights abuses.

“The world needs to know what is happening in our country. They need to know that the government’s abusive and corrupt war on drugs has victimized our people and is tearing our society apart at the seams,” she wrote on Facebook.

Hontiveros said there was nothing patriotic in shutting the world off from the “horrors” of unresolved murders in the country. “It is not a defense of the country’s sovereignty. Rather, it is the perpetuation of the culture of killing and impunity. Sovereignty and impunity are two different things. Sovereignty resides in the people. Impunity kills people,” she said.

Hontiveros also lectured the Duterte government that the Philippines, as member of the global community, has an obligation to democracy, human rights and rule of law.

“And this obligation includes subjecting our public policies and governance affairs to scrutiny, in the same way that we may scrutinize, protest or constructively engage the actions of other states or global players,” she said.

And if the Duterte will dismiss the international clamor against the killings, Hontiveros called on the government to invite United Nations and European Union representatives to verify such killings.