The Philippine president has also called for change in international organizations to be ‘a thing of the past’ as he appears to end the ICC investigation.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has spoken out in anger at the United Nations, demanding that the Philippines prosecute perpetrators of the so-called drug war “in response” to a UN Criminal Court (ICC) tribunal’s investigation into the killings.
The Deuteronomy video at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, the last of his tenure, came just days after the ICC ruled that “murder” cases were being investigated in connection with his “drug war.”
Duterte defended his arguments in his statement, saying those found to have “violated” the Philippine law would be prosecuted, while denying ICC investigations.
He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture, and that his confession had been obtained through torture.
Duterte also said his government is working with the UN Human Rights Council to review the cases.
Recent Philippine government reports released in June show that by the end of April 2021, at least 6,117 suspected drug dealers had been killed during a police raid. But human rights groups and activists estimate that the population could be as high as 30,000, and that many were killed, including children.
‘Cases against humanity’
Duterte has previously stated that he would not surrender to a foreign court and that the Philippines does not support the ICC’s investigation into the alleged war.
On Tuesday, he appeared to be referring to the study as saying: “A positive change, in order to be sustainable, must come from within.”
“Establishing another person’s will – no matter how good his will – has never worked in the past. And it will never happen again.”
In recent days, rights activists say Duterte pays “lip service” in a bid to survive international crimes.
DUTERTE TO UN:
* “Those who went out of the way (in #alirezatalischioriginal) will be held accountable “
* The Philippines-UN Freedom Program is a “model of effective security”
* Only 1 in 1000 police cases was dropped
* The PH-UN program did not end violence pic.twitter.com/Q5Wb4WaLY1
– Carlos H. Conde 🇵🇭 (@condeHRW) September 21, 2021
Duterte led the president in 2016 on one issue of crime prevention in the Philippines. During his campaign and later as president, he repeatedly urged the police to “kill” suspected drug addicts.
The outgoing president of the Philippines also used his voice to urge the UN to change and to criticize the Security Council.
“Democracy and transparency are the challenges facing the UN halls but surprisingly the Security Council, which is at its core, violates all these principles. It is not democratic or transparent in its definition and practice,” Duterte said in a letter.
The Security Council is made up of five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States – with its veto powers. The remaining 10 seats are rotated between UN member states every two years.
During the nearly six years in office, the Philippine leader repeatedly criticized the UN, calling it “inutile” and threatening to “burn down” the UN. He also denounced UN officials, calling former human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein “stupid” and referring to former human rights activist Agnes Callamard as a “stupid” and “prostitute”.
On Tuesday, Duterte said “global governance” is essential and the UN has failed to do so.
“The UN has long been formed. It does not reflect the real political and economic climate of today, ”he said.
“If the UN is to lead the world in tackling the many problems we face, things need to change. The UN must empower itself in reform. That is mankind’s hope. ”