The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday said the reported plan of United States (US) State Secretary Rex Tillerson to discuss human rights concerns during his visit to the country next week should be seen as an opportunity to dispel the negative perception of the country’s human rights situation.
In a statement, the DFA said it acknowledges Tillerson’s plan to discuss the country’s human rights situation as part of his duty as a government official. It added that the discussion will not be limited to human rights concerns in the Philippines, but also in the rest of the world.
“We share the belief that no country has a perfect human rights situation. We welcome the opportunity to address their concerns and correct the perceptions they may have gleaned from exaggerated media reports,” the DFA noted.
International rights groups and other organizations have criticized Duterte’s war on drugs that has resulted in the death of more than 9,000 suspected drug personalities.