The Duterte administration turned down the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) move to seek a comprehensive report on the status of human rights in the country.
Head of Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs Sen. Panfilo Lacson asserted that the Philippines’ criminal justice system can effectively handle errant law enforcers.
“We can manage without the intervention of the UN Human Rights Council,” he said.
In its resolution, the UN called for cooperation of the country with the Office of the High Commissioner and the HRC, which involves organizing country visits and cease acts of intimidation or retaliation.
“Take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, carry out impartial investigations and hold perpetrators accountable in accordance with international norms and standards, including on due process and the rule of law,” it added.
The Commission on Human Rights meanwhile said that the government should prove its adherence to “universal values and standards” by working with the rights body. However, Malacañang’s reception was far from warm, claiming that the resolution bore “false information and unverified facts and figures.”
Spokesman Salvador Panelo said that it was “designed to embarrass” the country on an international scale, but that the presidency would not be “weakened.”
Rights groups have maintained that tens of thousands have died since the drug war descended on the country, while data from the police place the number at just over 6,000, since Duterte assumed office four years back until last May.