Duterte threatens to hit the human rights champion from abroad before Robredo

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to slap an international activist for human rights opposing his divisive drug war.

Duterte took exception to last week’s tweet by Phelim Kine, former Asian deputy director of Human Rights Watch based in New York, that he was willing to come to the Philippines to advise Vice President Leni Robredo on her new role as co-chair of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Inter-Agency Committee.

President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to slap international human rights advocate against his divisive war on drugs on Tuesday.

Duterte took exception to last week’s tweet by New York-based Phelim Kine, former Asian deputy director of Human Rights Watch, that he was willing to come to the Philippines to advise Vice President Leni Robredo on her new role as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs.

Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo backed Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.’s warning that if he wanted to counsel Robredo, Kine would be barred from entering the Philippines.

Panelo added that anyone who believes that unlawful killings have occurred “without excuse” in the anti-narcotics campaign could not enter the country.

In July, Iceland sponsored the UN Human Rights Council resolution which decided to set up a preliminary investigation into the human rights situation in the Philippines, including the drug war.

Malacañang questioned the propriety and legitimacy of the resolution that was not adopted unanimously. The Palace also considered the resolution an affront to the independence of the country and said it was crafted before the international community to embarrass the Philippines.

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