US to ‘jointly combat’ illicit drug use with PH | Global News

US to ‘jointly combat’ illicit drug use with PH

/ 10:33 PM July 16, 2019
Randall Shriver - David Stillwell - Enrique A Manalo - Cesar B Yano

The four co-chairmen of the 8th Philippines-United States Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (from left): US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell, Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique A. Manalo, and Philippine Defense Undersecretary for Operations Cesar B. Yano. (Photo by VANESSA UBAC / Department of Foreign Affairs)

MANILA, Philippines — A ranking government official of the United States vowed to continue imparting knowledge to the Philippines on how to best combat illicit drug use that would respect human rights and the rule of law.

“Both of our countries face the challenge of illicit drug use. We remain committed to working together on evidence-based approaches to reducing drug demand by improving prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services,” said David Stillwell, US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.


“I want to continue sharing information and best practices to jointly combat this common challenge in a manner that will respect human rights and the rule of law,” Stilwell added.

Stillwell’s remarks are part of a statement issued on Tuesday after the US and the Philippines concluded their 8th Bilateral Strategic Dialogue in Manila.


The statement comes nearly a week after United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a draft resolution from Iceland urging an investigation into the human rights situation in the Philippines, including the killings linked to the Duterte administration’s brutal drug war.

READ: Greater scrutiny on PH killings gets UN rights council’s nod

The UNHRC, a body from which the United States withdrew in 2018, to adopt the resolution during its 41st regular session last July 11.

READ: In war of words over UNHRC probe, clarity is lost

The resolution has earned rebuke from President Rodrigo Duterte.

On Monday, his spokesman and chief legal counsel, Salvador Panelo, said the President was studying the Philippines’ possible withdrawal from the rights council.

READ: Duterte mulling Philippines’ withdrawal from UN rights body


Educational exchanges

The two governments also signed agreements during the talks to further foster educational exchanges between them.

Prospero de Vera - Sung Kim

CHEd Chairman Prospero de Vera (left) and US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim shake hands after the Philippines-United States Joint Statement on Education Cooperation was signed on Tuesday, July 16, in Manila. (Photo by VANESSA UBAC / Department of Foreign Affairs)

Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chairman Prospero de Vera and US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim signed two agreements:

  • the Philippine-United States Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement, which would provide opportunities to exchange ideas, information, skills and techniques and to collaborate on scientific and technological endeavors of mutual interest
  • the Philippines-United States Joint Statement on Education Cooperation, under which the CHEd and the US Embassy agree to cooperate on areas of institutional linkages and collaboration, capacity building, government, industry and academic linkages, quality assurance, as well as faculty and student mobility

In a press conference after the two-day dialogue, Kim also announced a new fellowship program that would bring two young Filipinos to the US to study national security and international relations.

“We will be starting a new fellowship, the US-Philippines alliance fellowship. This fellowship funded by the US Embassy will send two young Filipino scholars every year to the United States to study national security and international relations,” he said.


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