Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.'s tweet about the Philippines' possible withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) earned mixed reactions from members of the Senate. "And we believe that many, if not most of the UNHRC members, see it in the same light, as shown by the contentious vote leading up to the resolution, with the majority either abstaining or voting against it", he said.
"The adopted Iceland resolution", Panelo said "is grotesquely one-sided, outrageously narrow, and maliciously partisan". But nongovernment groups claim a much higher death toll, including many suspects killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen who human rights groups suspect were deployed and financed by police. "There are more killings in abortion than the drug pushers who are fighting the police", Vicente Sotto said, as quoted by the ANC news channel. "What is the best interest of the country, we will pursue", he added.
He, however, said the government would consider all factors in deciding whether to proceed with cutting ties with Iceland for good.
In a statement, Luna said that Robredo's expression of support to the UNHRC resolution against the Philippine government was considered a Constitutional violation for describing the Philippines as guilty of human rights violations "For the nth time, she has made it appear that the government is guilty of human rights abuses, and that's betrayal of public trust", Luna said, adding "It's about time that she should be held to account for her political sins against the Filipino people".
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"This unfortunate development notwithstanding, the Philippine government shall continue with its work of ensuring peace, order, and security for our people".
Last July 4, Iceland filed a draft resolution urging the UNHRC to act on the rising number of killings in the Philippines, including those under the violent anti-illegal drug campaign.
"The Philippines, as one of the pioneering members of the United Nations", he said "has been abiding by these mechanisms, as they embody the processes that give due credence to member-states' accountability and transparency". "What human rights are they talking about?"
"Evidently, the resolution was created to embarrass the Philippines before the worldwide community and the global audience", he added.