U2 frontman to Duterte: You can't compromise on human rights

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) — The frontman of international rock band U2 gave what he called a "soft message" to President Rodrigo Duterte, "You can't compromise on human rights."

Bono made the statement at a press conference at the headquarters of the Philippine Red Cross. Senator Richard Gordon and US Ambassador Sung Kim were also present.

Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, was asked what he thought of the human rights situation in the country and answered he was trying to make a difference instead of headlines.

He added, "I am a member of Amnesty International, I have been all my life, and I think human rights are critical. My impression of the Philippines is very caring, very sophisticated people, and I understand that when progress is made, sometimes people make what they think are compromises for that progress. And I would just say you can't compromise on human rights. And that's my soft message to the President."

Apart from human rights, Bono is also a known AIDS activist and is active in the fight against extreme poverty.

Malacañang has yet to issue a reply to Bono's statement.