MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte said if anyone wants to criticize or lecture him about human rights issues in connection with his anti-drug war campaign, they should not do so in public.
“They have to do it the right way,” the President said during his speech before airmen of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) at the PAF Multi-purpose Hall in Villamor Airbase, Pasay City on Tuesday.
PRRD was referring to the issue of human rights raised by some world leaders during last week’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane, Laos.
The President explained that during the ASEAN Summit, he authorized the release of photographs depicting the horror that the Philippines suffered under the Spaniards and the Americans to show what true human rights violation looks like, and how these atrocities were committed against the Filipinos.
“I said to myself early on that this cannot continue, and I would have to address, if it’s human rights problem then we must discuss the entire gamut. And so nandiyan ngayon sa Facebook, ‘yung massacre everywhere,” he said.
President Duterte mentioned that in Samar, Filipinos were massacred by the Americans who got the Balangiga bell, hijacked it, stole it, and never returned it to the Philippines until now.
“It’s the sentimental value that is really attached. It is the massacre that happened to the Filipinos in Samar. Take note about that in the chapters of our history,” he said.
The President urged his critics that if they want to criticize or call his attention about human rights issues, they have to do it in the proper way. “Ang sinasabi ko lang, do it the proper way. If you want to criticize me, you bring the matter to the United Nations. Tapos tawagan nila ang atensyon ko, then I will answer, maybe in writing or send somebody there. But I cannot go there personally,” he said. PNA/northboundasia.com