Philippine top diplomat addresses war on drugs, human rights issues and West PH Sea dispute at UNGA

Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. made it clear to the international stage that a strong government is better.

In his speech at the high-level general debate at the United Nations’ 74th General Assembly, Locsin said: “All democracies are pretentions to some degrees – and that the growing electoral trend toward strong governments does not change its Democratic character…”

“The Democratic election of strong governments that talk tough and brush aside UN demands — well-meaning for the most part … weak governments, unable to protect their people, appear desirable; because they make the case for multilateral intervention at the prompting of conscience of course — but sometimes at the unilateral prompting of great powers or violent or civil non-state actors.”

Locsin also responded to international calls to free detained Senator Leila de Lima.

This comes as the UN High Commission for Human Rights described De Lima’s detention as arbitrary and politically motivated.

US Lawmakers are calling for De Lima’s release as well — such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Illinois senator Dick Durbin and Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

At the end of the day, Locsin told the international body that the Philippines renews its commitment to the ideals of the United Nations – to end the scourge of war, to uphold justice and human rights, and to maintain peace and amity among nations.

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