An important public hearing was held today in the nation’s capital.
The US Congress, throigh the Tom Lantos human rights commission, invited resource persons to testify on the Duterte administration’s implementation of its war on drugs and alleged extra judicial killings related to the campaign.
“I certainly believe very strongly, a man with the human rights record of President Duterte should not be invited to the White House, and if he comes, I will lead the protest,” said co-chair James McGovern.
Key speaker of the hearing, Elecer Carlos of the group – In defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement – hopes the US Congress will put pressure on the Philippine government to stop the alleged extra judicial killings and help prosecute perpetrators.
“For as long as EJK and forced disappearances, and torture persists in the philippines, for as long as those accused are unable to defend themselves in court, everybody in Philippine society is put in grave danger, so sana maninidigan po tayo na basagin na ang katamhimikan, at maninidgan tayo para karapatang pantao para sa lahat,” said Carlos.
The Philippine government urged the US human rights commission to exercise prudence in its probe, and not to make premature judgments on the alleged extra-judicial killings.
The Philippine department of foreign affairs Alan Peter Cayetano notes results of the probe will determine the funds the US will allocate for the Philippines.
The Tom Lantos human rights commission noted that Manila gets the largest assistance from Washington in East Asia, including counter-terror and counter-narcotics support to the Philippine National Police.