Trump's pick to UN ambassador post says alleged extrajudicial killings are human rights violations

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Nominee Nikki Haley says she is ready to speak up against issues that are at odds with American values.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's choice for ambassador to the United Nations said she would protest against human rights violations, including the alleged "extrajudicial killings" in President Rodrigo Duterte's war against illegal drugs.

In the confirmation hearing on Wednesday covered by CNN International in Washington D.C., U.S. Senator. Ben Cardin asked nominee Nikki Haley if she thinks Duterte's "sanctioned extrajudicial killings" violate basic human rights, to which she replied, "It does. Yes."

Haley said she is ready to speak up against issues that are at odds with American values.

"American values is something that we should talk loudly about, all the time, to all countries. Because I think it's the values that we hold dear and it is the core of what the United States American heart is all about... We need to continue to act out and vocalize that as we go forward," she told Cardin.

 

Aides to Cardin, the top democrat in the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in November reported to Reuters that the U.S. State Department stopped the sale of 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippine National Police after Cardin said he would oppose the sale.

This was due to Cardin's concerns over alleged human rights violations in the Philippines.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said on Thursday the Palace has yet to read Haley's pronouncement.

"We simply have to listen first to what she says and respond to her statement," he said.

He also clarified there are no extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, and would rather the deaths be called "extralegal killings."

The Philippine National Police has recorded over 2,200 drug personalities were killed and 45,859 drug suspects were arrested.