Member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should have reached out to President Rodrigo Duterte's administration formally if it really sought to understand Manila's human rights situation, Malacañang said Friday.
The UN's 47-member Human Rights Council supported a resolution led by Iceland that turned a spotlight on wide-ranging abuses, including killings; enforced disappearances; arbitrary arrests; and persecution of rights activists, journalists, lawyers and members of the political opposition. 'It can not, in good conscience, abide by it.
"We will not accept a politically partisan and one-sided resolution", he said, reading a statement on behalf of the country's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teddy Locsin Jr.
Locsin also said that the adoption of the resolution has "no effect as such resolutions, especially those passed by a tiny minority, can and will be ignored".More news: Merkel sits during anthems after shaking spells
The UN Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to set up an investigation into mass killings during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs, a step activists said was long overdue.
The resolution called for Philippine government cooperation, "including by facilitating country visits and preventing and refraining from all acts of intimidation or retaliation".
Fourteen countries rejected the resolution while 15 abstained from voting. 'We renew our solidarity with our true friends who have stood by us in this farce, he added.
Since Duterte took office in June 2016, an estimated 6,600 people have been killed by police during anti-drug operations, according to data presented last month in a command conference at the national police headquarters, Philippines' ABS-CBN reported. "There will be consequences, far-reaching ones".More news: Clashes erupt as Hong Kong protest targets Chinese traders
"This vote provides hope for thousands of bereaved families in the Philippines", Amnesty International said in a statement.
The measure's passage earned the condemnation of the Philippine government.
The deputy Geneva director for Human Rights Watch, Leila Matar, described the resolution as "a modest but vital" step that "signals the start of accountability for thousands of "drug war"-related killings". 'To that responsibility, my president has made an ... unwavering and total commitment, and it will not be weakened by this ill-fated resolution, he added. The Geneva-based UNHRC clearly advocates the cause of criminals, particularly the illegal drug traffickers, instead of the human rights of the poor victims of drug menace. Myca Ulpina, aged three, killed on June 29 near Manila, was among the latest known victims of the crackdown.
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".More news: House Dems defend Nancy Pelosi amid spat with AOC
"It must show both the worldwide community & our own people that it is willing & able to hold perpetrators to account, to protect all human rights defenders, to stop the killings, & to end impunity", added the agency, which it says, is an independent institution mandated by the Constitution to monitor State compliance with all human rights norms and standards. Police said she had been used as a human shield by her father, but the family disputes this.