Iceland has nothing but ice, and, therefore, fails to understand the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte claimed after the Nordic nation urged a UN human rights body to probe his drug policies. "How could he possible sell drugs?", Marquez said, sitting beside her son's coffin at his wake.
"We have our own laws, Constitution and our human rights is perfectly protected by our constitution and by our laws", the PNP Chief told reporters at the sideline of the second anniversary of the PNP-Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) at Camp Crame in Quezon City. "It's a crucial step towards justice and accountability".
"At the very least, this creates new space to put pressure on".
Iceland joined the Human Rights Council past year after the Trump administration said the United States would leave the body, which resulted in an open seat. The Mexican drugs mafias have strongly influenced and controlled their government institutions, including the national police and military. 'It was quite clear that they threatened consequences for those who had supported the resolution, which in turn makes us concerned for the many human rights defenders, civil society activists and journalists on the ground, she said.
The investigation is being welcomed by victims, including Emily Soriano, whose 15-year-old son, Angelito, was among seven people killed in a house by masked men looking for a suspected drug dealer. "Despite the expected arrogance, the will to belittle and other lies by Duterte and his murdering accomplices - continues Litao -, we challenge this administration to show and use its misplaced strength in responding to its responsibilities".
"For now, I just hope the killings will stop".
"This war on drugs, as we have repeatedly said, is a sham war", he told media in Geneva.More news: Special counsel Robert Mueller's hearing could be delayed
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"These sons of whores can not understand that we have a problem", Mr Duterte said in a speech to corrections officers, in his first comments on the resolution.
The exact number of deaths in Duterte's violent war on drugs can not be verified, but at least 6,000 have died since he launched the campaign upon taking office in mid-2016, in operations the police said suspects were armed and fought back. The authorities deny any involvement.
"I don't blame anyone but the man who killed my daughter", she said.
Iceland took the lead on a series of statements of concern on the Philippine drug war, supported an investigation into abuses in the civil war in Yemen, backed calls for an global inquiry into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi by agents of Saudi Arabia, and this week joined a statement critical of China's treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang province.
Protesters rail against alleged extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, August 16, 2018.
In a statement Thursday, Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson said that the country was glad that its resolution had passed. The Filipino people are aware of the State enemies' desperate tactics to involve global bodies, such as the United Nations to meddle in our internal affairs, and to try to discredit, destabilize and dethrone the Duterte administration.