PHILIPPINES TO UNITED NATION (tells world not to interfere)
The Philippines Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks before the United Nations General Assembly that the World should not interfere in his crackdown on crime.
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“Our actions, however, have grabeed both the nation headlines and international attention for all the wrong reason.” Yasay said.
“We urge everyone to allow us to deal with our domestic challenges in order to achieve our national goals, without undue interference,” Yasay added.
The human right groups told that security forces are engaging in extrajudicial killings. There has been growing international alarm over the spate killings in the Philippines against war on drugs.
Duterte won elections in a landslide in May after vowing to eradicate the illegal drug trade in 6 months, and promising that 100,000 criminals would be killed in the process.
Since he took office on June 30 about 3,000 people have been killed, about a third of them suspects shot dead by police and the rest murdered by unidentified attackers, according to police statistics.
“We have not and we will never empower our law enforcement agents to shoot-to-kill individuals suspected of drug crimes,” the foreign secretary told the General Assembly.
“Extrajudicial killings have no place in our society, and in our criminal justice system,” he added.
“Our actions, however, have grabbed both the national headlines and international attention for all the wrong reason,” he said.
He argue that corruption and drugs and drugs had “torn apart many of our communities, destroyed our families and snuffed out the hopes and dreams of our people-young and old-for a bright future.”
Relations between Duterte and the United Nations have been tense after the newly elected leader launched several tirades against the world body for its criticism of his tactics, even threatening to pull out a threat he later withdrew.
Earlier this month, Duterte declined a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of a meeting in Laos of Southeast Asian leaders.