The UN Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to set up an investigation into mass killings during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs, a step activists said was long overdue.
Amnesty International hailed Thursday's vote as "crucial". But nongovernment groups claim a much higher death toll, including many suspects killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen who human rights groups suspect were deployed by police.
"Do not presume to threaten states with accountability for a tough approach to crushing crime" in which some countries were complicit and others tolerant, he said. "Ask the people, if I am the face of war, why did they make me win as a senator?"
The delegation from the Philippines, which is among the council's 47 members, had lobbied hard against the resolution, which asks national authorities to prevent extrajudicial killings and co-operate with United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, who is expected to report her findings in June 2020.
Since taking office in 2016, the president has waged a campaign against drugs that has killed thousands and been condemned by human rights advocates.
"Come here and cut my head off if these alleged extrajudicial killings were state-sponsored", dela Rosa said.
Locsin added that in light of this resolution, which was backed by several countries the Philippines considers allies including the United Kingdom and Australia, the foreign policy of the Philippines had shifted from "friend to all, enemy to none" to "friend to friends, enemy to enemies, and a worse enemy to false friends".
Before making a decision, the 47 countries took more than two weeks, from June 24 to July 12 to thoroughly discuss the resolution.
He also tagged the nations who supported the resolution as "dangerous drugs tolerant". "The resolution is grotesquely one-sided, outrageously narrow and maliciously biased", said Panelo last night. "It reeks of nauseating politics completely devoid of respect for the sovereignty of our country, even as it is bereft of the gruesome realities of the drug menace in the country", Panelo said.
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As stated on their website, the resolution was just one of the many reports the representatives discussed on the latest session.
The bishop said it is only fitting that the global body look into the controversial campaign of the government against illegal drugs.
It also hopes the government will allow its representatives to visit the country without acts of intimidation.
The resolution, which was mostly backed by countries from Europe, necessarily pushes the Philippine government to prevent more extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.
The local human rights agency said government officials should cooperate with the council rather than threaten it.
The first resolution on the Philippines, led by Iceland, was adopted by a vote of 18 countries in favour and 14 against, including China.
President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, said that the future investigation will not prosper.
President Rodrigo Duterte is also amenable to the possible visit and investigation of worldwide rights defenders as long as their goal is legitimate.