- Philippine Foreign Minister Yasay told the international body not to interfere with the drug war of President Duterte
- The killings have reached nearly 3,000 which caused the President to draw international criticism
- Yasay said that the Philippines can pursue an independent foreign policy and this cannot be breached by anyone
Philippines Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay, in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly Headquarters in New York City last Saturday, told the world not to interfere with the all-out war of President Rodrigo Duterte against illegal drugs.
Yasay said that the Duterte government is doings its best to solve the systemic corruption and the illegal drug trade in the Philippines.
“Our actions, however, have grabbed both the national headlines and international attention for all the wrong reasons. We urge everyone to allow us to deal with our domestic challenges in order to achieve our national goals without undue interference,” said the PH Foreign Minister.
The killings due to the drug war have already reached nearly 3,000 since the PH president sat into position.
Many human rights activists have called for the President’s action to end the killings. Moreover, international groups have also criticised the war, which has angered Duterte.
Duterte had insulted the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union, but then invited them to investigate the killings.
“To him, this trust is sacrosanct. It cannot be breached, under no circumstance must it be compromised,” explained Yasay.
Moreover, Yasay noted that the Philippine Constitution includes the mandate “to pursue an independent foreign policy, to promote the national interest.”
The Philippine Foreign Minister assured the United Nations that the Philippines would remain “a responsible partner of the international community” and would continue to commit itself to the rule of law.
Lastly, Yasay recognized the continuing resilience and relevance of the United Nations and the alliance of the Philippines with the United States.
“Our domestic concerns compel us to partner with like-minded countries in the areas of maritime security, counter-terrorism, disaster response, and transnational crime,” he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte won a landslide victory on May 9 national elections and has received a 92 percent approval rating from Filipinos.