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Duterte mulls cutting ties with Iceland: Hindi makakaapekto sa ekonomiya ng bansa

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte is “seriously” considering cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, his spokesman said.

The United Nations Human Rights Council earlier approved a resolution submitted by Iceland requesting for a comprehensive report on the human rights abuses in Duterte’s war on drugs.

“Well, according to him, he cannot even understand why Iceland is making that posturing. That Iceland has been doing that twice, last year ganun din ang position niya and the other year. Until now, he is in wonderment why Iceland is doing that,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a media briefing on Tuesday.

Panelo believes Iceland may have been fed lies about the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“(We) can only speculate that maybe some activists either from this country or elsewhere are feeding Iceland with the wrong information. And Iceland is so naive to accept everything it hears or receives,” the Palce official added.

Cutting ties with Iceland would have little effect on the Philippines, said Panelo.

“There are only about 2,000 Filipinos there. And as far as we know, there are no trade relations between these two countries, except maybe on fish,” according to him.

“We’ve been having trade relations with other countries so I don’t cutting relationship with one country would affect us,” he said.

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