• ‘Don’t interfere,’ Yasay tells UN

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    YASAY AT UN Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 24. In Yasay’s UN debut, he urged countries to avoid ‘undue interference’ in domestic affairs. AFP PHOTO BY KENA BETANCUR

    YASAY AT UN Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 24. In Yasay’s UN debut, he urged countries to avoid ‘undue interference’ in domestic affairs. AFP PHOTO BY KENA BETANCUR

    IN a cutting retort to criticism against President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. told the United Nations on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) not to interfere in the country’s internal affairs.

    “We urge everyone to allow us to deal with our domestic challenges in order to achieve our national goals, without undue interference,” Yasay told the UN General Assembly in New York.

    There has been growing international alarm over the rising death toll from Duterte’s crackdown on crime, with human rights groups saying that security forces are engaging in extrajudicial killings.

    Duterte has vowed to eradicate the illegal drug trade in six months, promising that criminals would be killed in the process. Last week, he sought a six-month extension, saying he did not anticipate the magnitude of the problem and that he could not “kill them all.”

    Since he took office on June 30 about 3,000 people have been killed, with around 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,” Yasay told the General Assembly.

    “Extrajudicial killings have no place in our society, and in our criminal justice system,” he added.

    Political analyst Ramon Casiple told The Manila Times Yasay’s statement was a “standard” one in the UN.

    “It was tempered by assertions of adherence to human rights, rule of law and due process,” Casiple said.

    Moreover, Yasay was simply rejecting accusations about the supposed extrajudicial killings happening in connection with the government’s anti-drug war, the anaylist said.

    Last week, Duterte invited the United Nations’ chief and international human rights experts, as well as the European Union, to investigate allegations of widespread extrajudicial killings, but insisted they also face him in a public debate.

    Duterte also said US President Barack Obama, who has expressed concern over the drug-related killings, was welcome to probe the anti-drug war.

    ‘92-percent approval rating’
    The Philippines’ top diplomat told the General Assembly that Duterte enjoyed a 92-percent approval rating at home for his stance and suggested that his campaign was misunderstood.

    “Our actions, however, have grabbed both the national headlines and international attention for all the wrong reasons,” he said.

    He argued that corruption 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.”

    Invoking the UN’s new sustainable development goals adopted last year, Yasay said his country would not be able to meet those goals without tackling corruption and drugs.

    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 skipped a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of a meeting in Laos of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, supposedly because of a scheduling conflict.

    On August 18, UN special rapporteurs Agnes Callamard and Dainius Pūras called on the Philippine government to stop the wave of killings of people linked to illegal drugs, saying that going after drug traders won’t exempt “state actors” from international legal obligations.

    Callamard said Duterte’s supposed directives to kill drug suspects and drug users who don’t surrender were “irresponsible in the extreme and amount to incitement to violence and killing, a crime under international law.”

    “It is effectively a license to kill,” she said.

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    1. Mariano Patalinjug on

      Yonkers, New York
      26 September 2016

      If Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto Yasay thinks that well-informed people the world over believe his protestations of innocence in his speech at the United Nations in New York about Little Tyrant Rodrigo Duterte’s warrantless extrajudicial killing of those who are SUSPECTED of being involved one way or the other in the illegal drug problem, he is sadly mistaken and only deceiving if not fooling himself.

      The United Nations and possibly also the European Union are all set to conduct a thorough investigation into those megalomanic genocidal extrajudicial killings directed by Der Fuhrer Duteerte, a ruthless lawless drive which has netted some 3,000 hapless victims so far.

      There is a very good chance that the dual investigation will find Der Fuhrer Duterte GUILTY BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT.The macabre evidence will be the rotting carcasses of those hapless victims.

      In the event, he could be hailed before the International Court of Justice for serious human rights violations and be subject to international legal sanctions.

      MARIANO PATALINJUG
      patalinjugmar@gmail.com

    2. @FYI
      Can you please tell us READERS how you can accomplish the eradication if not 100% or simply down to 1% the menace this country has. Before if you go to the slums or in any populated areas … peddlers has no qualms in destroying the future of our youths. What you stated is everyone knows of the Bill of Rights but how about the innocent victims of RAPE, ROBBERY, MURDER etc. in the name of this illegal drugs. What you will do to this people …. charge them in court ! WEW …. Philippine Court has a perfect zero litigation. Add to their voluminous files of unresolved cases languishing for decades and no final decision for their case. Wake up this is Philippines in a real world. If you are dreaming that this pushers and addicts can be rehabilitated …. YOU ARE DEADLY WRONG…

      • Fixing the Justice system and cleaning up the government will benefit the the country more than killing drug users.

    3. Duterte and his supporters are claiming

      We have the right to kill anyone we want and the rest of the world has to respect our right to deny others their rights.

      According to these retards only drug lords, drug pushers and addicts support the Philippines Constitution.

    4. This Callamard should be denouncing the drug addicts for using and the drug lords in peddling illegal drugs. She should denounce and teach the addicts not to use meth.. and better yet she should convince them to give themselves to authorities so that they would not end up dead!

    5. what?killing who wont surrender were irresponsible in the extreme and amount to…. are you sure? what if they will kill the police at the process? this lady should attend a brief seminar on police standard operation. she is very ” feeling çorrect”. hypocrite.

    6. “We have not and we will never empower our law enforcement agents to shoot-to-kill individuals suspected of drug crimes,” Yasay told the General Assembly.
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      That is a lie.

      Addressing troops of the 10th Infantry Division on September 29th 2016
      President Duterte instructed soldiers to kill criminals whether or not they pull out a gun.

      “(If they pull out a gun, kill them. If they don’t, kill them, son of a whore so it’s over, lest you lose the gun. I’ll take care of you.)

      On the day he was sworn into office, June 30 2016,
      President Duterte urged people living in a Manila slum to kill drug addicts in their community.

      “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”
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      Philippines 1987 Constitution
      Bill of Rights

      SECTION 1. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.

      SECTION 14. (1) No person shall be held to answer for a criminal offense without due process of law.

      (2) In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall be presumed innocent until the contrary is proved.

      President Duterte is clearly telling people to disregard the law and is violating constitution law.

      Mr. Yasay must think everyone in the United Nations General Assembly is uninformed and stupid enough to believe his lies.