NEW YORK — Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Alan Peter Cayetano, says he is ready to deliver president Rodrigo Duterte’s message at the 72nd United Nation’s general assembly.
“Definitely we’re going to assure the world that things are gonna be done according to the rule of law, that human rights are going to be respected but we’re also gonna tell the world that they cannot judge from their point of view, they have to judge from the Filipino point of view and how drugs are affecting Filipinos,” he said.
On Thursday, the Philippines top envoy gave some insight into the Duterte administration’s foreign policy priorities at the Asia Society policy institute.
“We start with the Elephant, when we’re talking about focus, The Elephant in the room, of course is human rights, and the war on drugs.”
Cayetano spoke and took questions from the moderator, the honorable Kevin Rudd – former prime minister and former foreign minister of Australia, who asked about the war on drugs, Mindanao martial law, and the situation/siege in Marawi.
Cayetano is scheduled to leave the US on October 15.
“Nilagay ko lang till October 15 as a contingency, kasi may request yung ibang posts na bisitahin at tignan, no so my schedule will actually be determined this week, after I visit Washington,” he said.
Cayetano will be meeting with the Filipino community in New York in a town hall meeting style at the Philippine center on Fifth Avenue on September 29.