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    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    Cayetano to defend PH human rights record in UN

    Senator Alan Peter Cayetano will lead the Philippine delegation tasked to present the human rights report of the country in the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    The event to be held in the eight of May will see Cayetano defending the human rights record which has become controversial even in international grounds since the start of President Rodrigo Duterte's war against drugs.

    Cayetano, who ran for the position of Vice President in the elections said, "We're always ready to defend our country, the president's intentions and what's happening in our country. But we're also honest that there are human rights violations but they're not state-sponsored. So we have to be careful to communicate to the world what's really happening but to properly assign blame."
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    He said he is expecting that issues on death penalty and criminal liability of minors will be brought up.

    "Hindi kami umilag to discuss the campaign against drugs and the for the law enforcement and the rule of law. We have a portion doon but limited 'yung time we only have three hours kasi including two hours I think for questioning so pinipili pa namin ano 'yung eemphasize but ang aming tantsa, there will be a lot of questions from other countries on the campaign against drugs, death penalty and criminal liability of minor. 'Yung extrajudicial killings it will fall on campaign against drugs," Cayetano said.

    He added that Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Presidential Human Rights Committee Undersecretary Severo Catura would also be part of the delegation along with 20 other officials.

    Duterte has been receiving criticisms from the UN for his drug war and this will be the third periodic review by the body on the record.

    UN will also send a 10-man panel of human rights activists to investigate.

    The Aquino administration would also be under the review since the third cycle of the UPR covers the period from May 2012 to September 2016.


    SOURCE: GMA News

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