95 out of 105 nations that attended the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva, Switzerland were convinced that the Duterte administration didn’t sponsored the alleged killings of criminals in the Philippines.
In a press conference, Department of Interior and Local Government assistant Sec. Epimaco Densing said that the majority of the nations congratulated the Philippines for improving the human rights situation in the country after they presented the most accurate data in the UPR.
“One hundred and nine countries committed in the UPR… All 95 countries who prepared their intervention congratulated the Philippines for improving human rights situation the past five years,” Densing told reporters.
According to Densing, despite of the concerns of the other 15 to 20 countries who expressed their alarm over the increasing number of drug suspects killed in police operations, none of them opposed the war against illegal drugs by the government.
“They were in a neutral tone. In fact, the 95 countries didn’t say that we should discontinue our anti-drug campaign. They only mentioned that we should review the EJKs in the country. They never said that we should stop the campaign,” he added.
The nations also said that they got the old data from the local media which already accused by the government of allegedly trying to spread false statistics on the ongoing war on drugs.
He said they have already explained that the total number of killings is the summery of all the cases including homicide and murder cases.
“The problem is we give the facts and figures but local media is not reporting our side,” Densing pointed out.
Densing said that the Philippine delegation trip to Geneva last week was a big success because they already explained the side of the government and presented the real datas to the international community.