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PANELO: UN no power to enforce Philippine victory over China

Raising arbitral ruling on West Philippine Sea  ‘a futile exercise’west philippine sea

Malacañang rejected a former Cabinet official’s suggestion to raise the arbitral ruling on the West Philippine Sea at the 74th United Nations (UN) General Assembly, describing it as a “futile exercise.”

panelo-salvadorPresidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dismissed former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario’s suggestion, saying the UN body has no power to enforce the Philippines’ legal victory over China.

“For one, it’s a futile exercise. Why? Because the UN has no enforcement force,” Panelo said in a media interview.
Del Rosario cited the case of Nicaragua against the United States where the UN had supported the legal victory of the former by adopting a resolution calling for full compliance with the judgment of the International Court of Justice.
“Nicaragua’s resort to the UN had the effect of securing international publicity and of gaining favorable global opinion. The United States continued to defy the UN resolutions, until later on, it ultimately provided a substantial aid package to Nicaragua,” del Rosario said.
Panelo, however, said that despite this resolution, there was no further development on Nicaragua’s case.
“He is citing the case of Nicaragua. Did anything happen there? None. It remained the same,” Panelo said.
The Palace official reiterated that President Rodrigo R. Duterte still finds his method of holding bilateral talks with China as the most effective.
“There is impasse but the talks are still ongoing. At the same time, he negotiates with respect to other areas of concern mutually beneficial to both (countries),” Panelo said.
On Monday, del Rosario urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to “formulate a strategy on how the global village of nations can be convinced to take a stand on the rule of law in support of the Philippines.”
For del Rosario, the UN General Assembly is “an excellent venue because all countries will listen and the Philippines can present a case for the UN to reassert that right is might and the rule of law must be upheld.”
The Philippines is scheduled to speak before the UN on September 28. (PNA)

DUTERTE TO UN RIGHTS BODY: You must be stupid

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DUTERTE: ONLY A PHILIPPINE COURT CAN TRY ME

I will only face trial in a Philippine court presided by a Filipino judge and prosecuted by a Filipino, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, July 17.

Duterte made this comment after the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution seeking to look into human rights violations in the country in relation to the administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
“Look, as I have told you before ladies and gentlemen of the world, kasali na ‘yang including) — and all the governments there, I will only face a — be tried or face a trial in a Philippine court presided by a Philippine, Filipino judge, prosecuted by a Filipino,” said Duterte in a TV interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City.
“I will not answer a Caucasian asking question, or white man there. You must be stupid. Who are you? I am a Filipino, we have our courts here. Why would you have to bring me somewhere else? I would not like that,” he added.
He said he does not see the need to face the international tribunal since Philippine courts were functioning.
“It’s working, I know it’s working, justice is working here,” Duterte said.
Duterte, a former prosecutor, said they could only prosecute him if there is a “total breakdown of justice in the country” and if Philippine courts are not willing to prosecute him.
Moreover, he said the international tribunal had no idea about the “real situation” going on in the Philippines and that he is willing to lecture them on the finer points of international law.
“You just don’t know the real situation. You better study I said, that’s why… And then you force me to defend myself before you? Who are you?” Duterte said.
Duterte, meanwhile, blamed the opposition slate for “itching to go to trial” saying he would “love to debate with them anytime”.
Earlier, Duterte said he was “seriously considering” cutting ties with Iceland after it sponsored a resolution at the UNHRC to look into the Duterte administration’s drug war.
He added the Nordic state does not share the Philippines’ problem on illegal drugs. (PNA)

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PH hits, questions validity of UN reso on EJK probe

Politically partisan and one-sided

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The Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), hit the United Nations-adopted resolution seeking for a comprehensive written report on the human rights situation in the country, describing its validity as “questionable.”
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The Iceland-initiated resolution was adopted with 18 votes in favor, 14 against, and 15 abstentions by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday night.
“This resolution was not universally adopted. Therefore, its validity is highly questionable. It does not represent the will of the Council, much less that of the developing countries who are always the target of such resolutions,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said in a statement.
“Western countries pushed for this resolution in the confidence that the world has forgotten what they did and what should have been done to them had there been a Human Rights Council. It was pushed with the arrogance that developing countries must not stand up to them even if we can and as we hereby do. There will be consequences,” he warned.
Locsin described as politically partisan and one-sided the Iceland resolution, reiterating Manila’s position to reject it.
“It cannot, in good conscience, abide by it. We will not accept a politically partisan and one-sided resolution, so detached from the truth on the ground. It comes straight from the mouth of the Queen in Alice in Wonderland, ‘First the judgment, then the proof’,” he said.
Among the 18 states that voted yes include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom including Northern Ireland, and Uruguay.
Fourteen nations, on the other hand, voted no, including Angola, Bahrain, Cameroon, Hungary, China, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia.
Meanwhile, fifteen abstained, including Japan, South Africa, Brazil, and Pakistan.
But despite the resolution’s adoption, Locsin said the country will continue to work with the UNHRC, as the Philippines “must remain true to the cause of human rights.”
“The Philippines renews its solemn responsibility to protect the law-abiding against the lawless by any means efficient to achieve the defining purpose for the existence and expense of a state. To that responsibility, my President has made an iron, unwavering and total commitment; and it will not be weakened by this ill-fated resolution,” he said.
He also acknowledged those who voted against the said resolution.
“We renew our solidarity with our true friends who have stood by us in this farce. But we will not tolerate any form of disrespect or acts of bad faith. There will be consequences; far-reaching ones,” he said.
State’s responsibility
In defending the country’s campaign against illegal drugs, Locsin said the state’s “responsibility to protect starts with protecting the good against the bad, the innocent against the vicious”.
“We invoke the government’s great power – and therefore commensurate responsibility – to protect human rights as multilateral bodies cannot. Foremost among those rights is the right to be protected from crime by the state,” he said.
He also called out Western nations for bringing Manila “down to the level of the authors of atrocities the world must not forget”, citing the Amritsar massacre, Mau Mau Revolt, the Boer War and the trendsetting holocaust of the Congo among others.
“But we will not engage in throwing at each other the bodies of each side’s respective victims. We cannot compete with the West,” he said.
“The Philippines is affronted that we should be named with the very breath of these authors of these atrocities, the same ones so bold to condemn us – we who opened our arms to save their victims before the War, and well into the savage wars of peace culminating in the Vietnam War to whose victims we gave shelter when everyone else turned them away,” he said. (PNA)