Duterte to US State Dept: Be careful, you are also guilty of human rights violations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte reminded the U.S. Department of State on Monday to be careful of whatever it is planning to do after some American senators urged the Biden administration to condemn alleged human rights violations in the Philippines.

“I’d like to say something about itong (this) [U.S.] State Department," Duterte said while presenting accomplishments of his anti-illegal drug campaign during his weekly address for the government’s COVID-19 response.

"Be careful, be careful of what you are planning or doing there because you, yourself, your country is -- hindi lang (not only) was is -- guilty also of so many violations of human rights,” the President said.

This comes after 10 American senators wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, dated July 26, urging the administration of President Joe Biden to address the alleged human rights abuses committed in the Philippines under Duterte’s watch.

Among those abuses mentioned were connected to the bloody war on drugs, and attacks on the press, political opponents and human rights advocates.

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said the Palace is leaving the decision to Biden on how to respond to such call for action.

“They are Americans. In the same way we don't want anybody interfering with the Philippine Congress's actions, we will not interfere with theirs,” Roque said in Filipino during a briefing.