Tama ang ‘Tokhang’! Palace: PH’s re-election to UN Human Rights Council proves importance of drug war
The Philippines’ re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council shows President Rodrigo Duterte was correct in waging a brutal war against drugs and criminality, Malacañang said Saturday (October 13).
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the successful re-election bid proves Duterte’s critics are wrong in lambasting his campaign against illegal drugs, which included the Philippine National Police’s controversial “Oplan Tokhang.”
“With the country’s re-election, the President’s campaign against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality has, in effect, been acknowledged by the international community as essential to the protection of the right to life, liberty and property of every peace-loving and law-abiding citizen of our state,” he said in a statement.
Panelo, who is also Duterte’s chief legal counsel, thanked the UN Human Rights Council and the 165 member states which voted to give the Philippines a seat in the Geneva-based body.
The victory means a fresh three-year term for the Philippines in the 47-member council, from 2019 to 2021.