Resolution an insult to PH sovereignty, abuse of UN council actions – Medialdea

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 15)— Iceland’s resolution calling for a probe into the human rights situation in the Philippines is an insult to a “sovereign, peace-loving nation,” Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Monday.

In a statement, Medialdea said the Philippine government “rejects in the strongest terms” the resolution, which was recently adopted by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, calling it an abuse of the council’s processes.

"The Philippine government sees the resolution for what it is-- a pernicious act, an affront to a sovereign, peace-loving nation, and an abuse of UNHRC processes,” Medialdea said.

Iceland’s resolution was formally adopted Thursday at the 41st regular session of the council in Geneva. Of the 47 member-states, 18 voted in favor of conducting an investigation into the Philippines' drug war.

Fourteen other nations, including the Philippines and China, voted against. The remaining 15 abstained.

Medialdea likewise pointed out how the minority vote "unceremoniously grabbed the platform” to call out the Philippine government “without verifying the facts.”

He also called on the diplomatic community to listen to the Filipino people.

"No resolution from any international council, especially those led by States that are misinformed about the situation in our country, shall weaken our resolve to effectively protect our people's lives, their properties, and their freedoms,” the executive secretary said.

Malacañang, earlier in the day, said the government is not closing its doors on the possible cutting of diplomatic relations with Iceland as well as other UN member-states which backed the resolution. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, said the final decision still lies with President Rodrigo Duterte.

The chief executive, in a speech Friday, slammed Iceland for sponsoring the resolution, saying the country does not understand the social, economic, political problems of the Philippines.