By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte was not quite happy when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the issue of human rights and extrajudicial killings related to his drug war in a private conversation Tuesday.
Trudeau revealed in a press conference in Pasay City that he raised the issue with Duterte and that the President was quite receptive to his comments.
He also said that he impressed upon Duterte the need to respect the rule of law.
According to Duterte, he is not obligated to explain to anybody the situation in the country related to his administration’s all out drug war.
“You know, I was elected by the people of the Republic of the Philippines. I only answer to the Filipino people,” he said.
According to Duterte, he is insulted whenever a foreigner criticizes his drug war as they do not really know about the domestic affairs of the country.
“I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult,” Duterte said.
“That is why you hear me throwing down epithets and curses, ‘bullsh*t,’ because it angers me,” he added.
“When you are a foreigner, you don’t know what exactly is happening in this country,” he added.
Duterte, meanwhile, encouraged other world leaders to not rely on data on the drug war deaths provided by his political enemies.
Trudeau earlier explained before members of the Philippine and international media that Canada has always discussed issues on human right with all of its dialogue partners, not just the Philippines.
“I also mentioned human rights, the rule of law and specifically, extra-judicial killings as being an issue that Canada is concerned with.” Trudeau said, referring to his conversation with Duterte where he said the President has been receptive.
“Canada has earned a reputation of having strong and sometimes frank, always frank, sometimes firm discussion around the rule of law and human rights with partners around the world,” he added.
“Countries have accepted that and expect that even of Canada,” he continued.
According to Trudeau, it is important to talk about human rights, even admitting that Canada has its own share of instances where some of its citizens get neglected or marginalized.
“We know that talking about human rights is an essential part of a path forward, it must be done in an honest and frank way, but it has to be done,” Trudeau said.
“We have to talk about the high expectation we must have to protect life, to uphold the law and human rights,” he added.