Duterte: Obama, Ban mum when I raised killings during PH-US war
President Rodigo Duterte on Friday said United States President Barack Obama was silent when he discussed human rights violations at the East Asia Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Thursday.
In a speech before hundreds of Filipino community members at the Shangri-La Jakarta on Friday, Duterte said he presented “a few pages” of photos of slain Muslims during the pacification campaign at the height of the Philippine-American War in the 1900s.
The President said he was in a roundtable meeting with Obama and Asean leaders.
“Ako, because of the pressure para huminto na sila, sabi ko, since human rights was mentioned, I produced a few pages of pictures in the pacification campaign by the Americans at the turn of the century,” he said.
He said Obama, who has raised concerns about the drug-related killings in the Philippines, was silent.
“Tumahimik sila. Kasi ako handa na ko. I was waiting for Obama to respond. Eh ito, abugado to abugado tayo. Sige daw. Wala. That was the only encounter. That was the only exchange at the holding room and when I said, ‘I never made that statement, check it out,’” he said.
“Kung tayo, violation. Sa kanila, hindi,” he added.
The President said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who was also present in the discussion, was speechless.
“Of the 600,000 Muslims, 6,000 were murdered. They were just buried in a common pit.’ Naghukay lang tapos iyong mga sundalo, pinapatungan lang ang mga dibdib ng mga babaeng nakahubad,” Duterte said he told the leaders.
“This is human rights. What do you intend to do? Do not tell me this is water under the bridge. Human rights violation either committed by Moses or Abraham is still a violation of human rights. When was this philosophy about human dignity in the world evolved? Now? Or during this time?” he added.
Prior to the Asean summit in Vientiane, Laos, the White House said Obama might raise the issue on human rights violations in the Philippines as the Duterte administration intensifies its crackdown on illegal drugs.
Ban has also strongly condemned Duterte’s apparent support for extrajudicial killings./rga
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