July 11, 2019
A United Nations council on Thursday adopted a resolution calling for a probe into the human rights situation in the Philippines, a move that rights advocates welcomed as a step toward accountability in the face of what they call a “murderous” drug war.
The resolution approved by 18 countries in the 47-member UN Human Rights Council, requests UN High Commisioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet “to prepare a comprehensive written report” on the Philippines.
Fourteen other nations, including the Philippines and China, voted against. The remaining 15 abstained.
Philippine top diplomat Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. said the resolution will have no effect.
“Such resolutions especially those passed by a tiny minority can and will be ignored. No consequences,” Locsin said on Twitter.
Locsin also warned that the “initiative to insult the Philippines with the assumption without proof that it commits gross abuses” will have “far reaching consequences”.
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