By: Elena Grace Flores
The Philippines with all the threats from China and chaos internally that divides the nation amidst sensitive issues like extra judicial killings, abuse of power over the war on drugs, late President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ burial at the Heroes’ cemetery and the re-installation of the death penalty – basically cannot afford to leave the United Nations even if it is possible. President Rodrigo Duterte was just whining as foreign affairs secretary Yasay explained:
“Maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations,” Duterte said in a two-hour briefing in his home base of Davao in the early hours of Sunday. “If you are this rude,” he said, Manila will leave: “Take us out of your organization. You have done nothing anyway.” At a briefing on Monday, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the Philippines was not leaving the UN, despite its inadequacies, and that Duterte was merely expressing his disappointment with UN officials.
It was just a mere reaction by the President towards the United Nations’ latest statement, with UN envoy Agnes Callamard warning that Duterte can be hold responsible with his “dead or alive” order for illegal drug offenders under international law.
“Directives of this nature are irresponsible in the extreme and amount to incitement to violence and killing, a crime under international law. It is effectively a license to kill,” Callamard said.
Duterte can easily be misunderstood by the media and often, his statements must be revised by his spoke persons because of his improper way of speaking – like what he said about the extra judicial speculation that he has inspired it. Here’s his statement: “My order is shoot to kill. I don’t care about human rights. Believe me. I don’t five a s**t about what they will say. This war is against drugs and we have a crisis,” he added.