United Nations human rights body censures Philippines

Duterte also renewed his pledge to protect authorities enforcing his bloody drugs crackdown as a UN rights probe gets underway

She will present this to the council's 44th session by midyear 2020.

Retired Roman Catholic Bishop Nicanor Yniguez (left) joins families of victims of alleged extra-judicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs".

The council stopped short of setting up a full commission of inquiry, but their pledge to produce a detailed report has been welcomed by human rights groups.

"We question the propriety of the resolution as well as its validity".

Locsin said "there will be consequences" for Western countries pushed for the probe.

Locsin, meanwhile, noted that the countries that supported it do not represent developing countries such as the Philippines.

In a statement Thursday, Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson said that the country was glad that its resolution had passed.

The Human Rights Council resolution underscores the outsized influence small countries can wield - in particular, the surprising role of Iceland, with fewer than 400,000 people.

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Despite the outcry overseas and his divisive ruling style, his war on drugs and his administration's attacks against the free press, Duterte has remained popular at home. "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.

"[It] provides hope for thousands of bereaved families in the Philippines and countless more Filipinos bravely challenging the Duterte administration's murderous 'war on drugs, '" said Amnesty's regional director for east and southeast Asia, Nicholas Bequelin, in a statement.

"Possible, it's because it's part of propaganda".

Duterte is scheduled to deliver his annual state of the nation address later this month, so the resolution "comes at a most pressing and opportune time", said Cristina Palabay, secretary-general of a Philippine human rights group, Karapatan.

"It is not safe to be poor in President Duterte's Philippines". The statements could also put independent human rights workers and global observers in a position of vulnerability, red-tagged as enemies of government.

Duterte and his administration have long voiced opposition to worldwide criticism to the drug war, claiming it is the government's sovereign right to protect the Philippines people from the scourge of addiction. "Hence, our government must respect or obey the United Nations resolution seeking an investigation into the human rights situation in our country, which has become notorious throughout the whole world for EJKs", said Bastes.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III said the nations that favored a thorough review on the human-rights situation in the Philippines should first bare the number of abortion cases in their own countries, adding that "they have no moral high ground to lecture us".

Duterte, asked by reporters in Manila whether he would allow United Nations rights officials access to investigate, said, "Let them state their goal and I will review it".

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