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Trillanes lambasts Duterte at UN side event in Vienna


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday condemned the Duterte administration's drug war during a side session of the 61st annual meeting of the United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs held in Vienna, Austria.

According to a report on State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, the senator presented a series of President Rodrigo Duterte's statements wherein he repeatedly verbalized his penchant to go after drug criminals in the country.

Trillanes also asserted before the human rights body that there had been state-sanctioned killings in the government's crackdown on illegal drugs.

"Can you imagine a president of any country who would actually cite the deaths of his own people from summary executions as an accomplishment?" Trillanes said.

"And those being suspected of being drug addicts were not even given a chance to be drug tested, or even if they are real addicts, were no longer given a chance to be rehabilitated and reformed," he added.

At the main session, Dangerous Drugs Board chairperson Catalino Cuy reportedly assured the UN Commission that Philippine law enforcement involved in the anti-drug campaign comply with a framework where there is respect for human rights.

Trillanes has been one of the most vocal critics of Duterte.

The President, for his part, has repeatedly bristled at international criticism of the rising death toll of his administration's war on drugs, repeatedly saying organizations like the United Nations should not meddle in Philippine affairs. —Margaret Claire Layug/JST, GMA News