- U2 frontman Bono has given a “soft message” to President Rodrigo Duterte as he talked about human rights
- Bono also talked about the importance of journalists’ safety and press freedom in the country
- The singer mentioned that he did not have any plans to visit President Duterte
- U2 is set to perform in the Philippines for the first time ever on Wednesday
U2 frontman Bono gave a “soft message” to President Rodrigo Duterte about human rights in the country.
KAMI learned that Bono or Paul Hewson also talked about the importance of journalists’ safety and press freedom.
In a report by the GMA News Online, Bono joined the launching of Philippine Red Cross’ (PRC) partnership with drone delivery service, Zipline. He was with Senator Richard Gordon and US Ambassador Sung Kim.
When asked about his thoughts regarding the human rights situation in the Philippines, Bono mentioned that these are “critical” and “can’t be compromised.
"I think we're trying to make a difference here rather than make headlines. I am a member of Amnesty International, I have been all my life, and I think human rights are critical,” Bono explained.
"My impression of the Philippines is very caring, very sophisticated people. I understand that when progress is made, sometimes people make what they think are compromises for that progress," he added.
"And I would just say, you can't compromise on human rights. That's my soft message to President Duterte," the singer continued.
Bono also mentioned that he did not have any plans to visit President Duterte.
“I’ve no plans. President Duterte is very popular, he doesn't need me on his side,” he said.
Aside from the human rights situation, Bono also talked about journalism and press freedom in the country.
"I have very deep convictions about journalism. I probably would've been a journalist if I wasn't a singer. And safety of journalists is very important. And I think that democracy requires a free press. And I find some journalists to be a total pain in the a**, but I'm really glad you're there,” Bono said.
For the first time ever, one of the world’s biggest rock band, U2, will be performing in the Philippines on Wednesday at the Philippine Arena.
U2 is an Irish rock band that was formed in 1976. It consists of Adam Clayton on bass guitar, Larry Mullen Jr. on drums, and The Edge on lead guitar and keyboards. Their hit songs include With or Without You and I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
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