MANILA, Aug 22 (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Malacañang on Monday clarified that the Philippines is not separating from the United Nations.
DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay said Duterte’s statement “is a statement expressing profound disappointment and frustration”.
“We are committed to the UN despite our numerous frustrations with this international agency,” Yasay told a news conference.
In a separate briefing, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella also clarified that the Philippines is not separating from the UN.
“He was reiterating national sovereignty and the fact that he did not welcome interventions that would be considered meddling… We are not decoupling,” Abella said.
On early Sunday morning, Duterte said in a news briefing threatened to leave UN following a statement from UN special rapporteurs Agnes Callamard and Dainius Puras calling on the Philippine government to stop the extrajudicial killings of persons linked to illegal drugs.
“Maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations. Eh kung ganiyan kayo kabastos eh p—ina, umalis na kami diyan sa inyo,” the President said.
Abella reiterated that Duterte’s statement came from the UN “singling out” his war on drugs.
“They should have made formal presentations and not just make general statements,” he noted.
“As I stated, the United Nations as a formal institution should have made formal representations because we are also a formal institution,” he added.
Abella also clarified Duterte’s statement that the UN has done nothing to help the Philippines.
“We are not negating support. We are not negating aid and all of those things,” he explained.
“He is not disclaiming the aid. He has taken umbrage of the fact that the United Nations are making public statements without making formal representations,” Abella stressed. (MNS)