US lawmakers urge Trump to talk about human rights in meeting with Duterte
Two US lawmakers are making sure President Donald Trump sends out a clear message to President Rodrigo Duterte, that the US will uphold fundamental human rights, including due process and the rule of law.
Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, sent a letter to Trump — urging him to use his upcoming meeting with Duterte as an opportunity to express the US’ profound concern over alleged extrajudicial killings committed under the Philippine government’s anti-drug campaign.
The letter cited that there is strong evidence that the Philippine police have killed 7,000 alleged drug dealers and users without charges or trial.
These lawmakers insisted that while the US reaffirms its ties with the philippines — it should also stand its ground when human rights are being violated.
Joining BA now via phone from San Francisco is Ago Pedalizo of the Filipino-Americans for Human Rights Alliance, to tell us about how their group has lobbied in the offices of various lawmakers to draw attention to the alleged human rights violations in the Philippines under the Duterte administration, and the letter sent to president Trump.