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Humingi ng benefit of the doubt si Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano sa mga member-states ng United Nations para sa kampanya kontra illegal na droga ni President Rodrigo Duterte.
Ito ay kasunod ng pagtanggi ng Pilipinas na payagan si UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard na magsagawa ng imbestigasyon ukol sa mga kaso ng extrajudicial killings.
“Our people expect that the sovereignty be respected. And that its democratically elected government’s assessment of threats and how to go about addressing them shall be accorded preeminence among nations… Or at the very least, is it too much to ask for the benefit of the doubt?” ani Cayetano.
Iginiit naman ni Cayetano na drug war ng administrasyong Duterte ang mga karapatang pantao ng mga Pilipino.
“The Philippines’ comprehensive campaign against illegal drugs is a necessary instrument to preserve and protect human rights of all Filipinos. It is never an instrument to violate any individuals’ or groups’ human rights,” ani Cayetano.
Binatikos rin ni Cayetano ang coverage ng media ukol sa drug war at human rights violations.
“Headlines today about human-rights abuses but what about the headlines yesterday . . . wherein 2-year-olds were being raped, wherein mothers were selling their children to feed their drug addiction?” ani Cayetano.
“We should never tolerate human rights abuses. But neither should we tolerate misinformation, fake news on and politicization of human rights,” dagdag pa ni Cayetano.