By Marjaleen Ramos
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Wednesday he has forgiven Iceland’s resolution that sought to probe the human rights situation in the country.
“It’s a nothing resolution because at the end of the road it failed. It didn’t vote. It didn’t pass. The majority were abstentions and No. So it’s a dead resolution,” Locsin said in an interview with ANC’s Headstart.
“The ones who voted yes and sponsored it told me: My God, you guys in Geneva launch a fantastic counter offensive and we lost,” he added.
The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution by Iceland which seeks to probe probe the country’s war on drugs last July.
The resolution was adopted following a vote of 18 countries, including Iceland, while 14 voted against it and 15 abstained during the poll held in Geneva.
“It wasn’t carried. The point is, they can’t do anything about it,” Locsin averred.
The foreign affairs chief, meanwhile, reiterated that he still won’t allow foreign observers in the country.
“No because they already prejudge. Those bast*rds, especially that woman, is acting like the queen in Alice in Wonderland. First, the judgement, then the trial. No.”
Locsin said referring to Agnes Calamar, a United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial and mass executions and a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte. “If she said anything against my country, I would’ve given her hell”.
“I don’t want them coming here and then saying everything that they have not proved is true because we saw it. How? Are they going to exhume everybody? They are just going to come here and say we were here and I can tell you the 22,000, an impossible figure to achieve, is real,”
“I’m not gonna give them that chance,” he said.
Locsin also clarified that the Philippines will not be severing ties with the UNHRC.
“In terms of action it means we stay there and we continue to debate. Not necessarily with us, there are political debates going on involving other countries, who are our allies and who we feel are wrongly accused of human rights violation. We will still be there voting for them against their accusers or in favor of their accusers against them if they are really in the wrong. In other words, we stay engaged,” he said.