95 Out of 105 Countries Convinced No EJKs in the Philippines During UPR

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The Philippine delegation made a huge success in the recently concluded Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva, Switzerland, wherein ninety-five (95) out of 105 countries who attended the event were convinced that extra judicial killings (EJK) is non-existent in the Philippines.

According to DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing in a press conference on Monday that the Philippines received congratulatory message as they noted that this is the first time they heard that the figures reaching them were “spoiled and rotten information.”

Asec. Densing told reporters “One hundred and nine countries committed in the UPR… All 95 countries who prepared their intervention congratulated the Philippines for improving human rights situation the past five years,” Densing stated.

The DILG Asst. Secretary for plan and program said that about 15 to 20 countries expressed concern over the number of drug suspects killed in police operations, although none opposed the ongoing war on drugs.

“They were in a neutral tone. In fact, the 95 countries didn’t
say that we should discontinue our anti-drug campaign. They only
mentioned that we should review the EJKs in the country. They never said
that we should stop the campaign,” he added.

The DILG also explained that when asked who supplied distorted facts and figures to international human rights organizations, Densing said they picked up the reports from local media.

Asec. Densing also reported that the European Union, after Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano explained the government side, vowed to help the Philippines by constructing halfway centers.

“Japan was the only country who committed to help the Philippines to rid out illegal drugs,” the DILG noted.

Overall, the Philippine delegation trip to Geneva last week was fruitful and a big success because we had opened the minds of
the international community that we do not tolerate EJK.

Soure: Philippine News Agency (PNA)

Ed Umbao

Founder of PhilNews.xyz | co-Founder of PhilNews.ph

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