- DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano delivered a lengthy speech at the United Nations General Assembly
- Cayetano talked about the Philippines campaign against illegal drugs, crimes and corruption
- The secretary said the campaign was never an instrument to violate human rights
Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said during the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, September 23, that the campaign against corruption, crime and illegal drugs of the Duterte administration aims to protect the human rights of law-abiding citizens.
During his lengthy speech, Cayetano said that contrary to what critics have been saying that the anti-illegal drug campaign of the Philippine government violates human rights, the campaign aims “to save lives, preserve families, protect communities and stop the country’s slide into a narco-state.”
“The Philippines’ comprehensive campaign against illegal drugs is a necessary instrument to preserve and protect human rights of all Filipinos. It is never an instrument to violate any individuals’ or groups’ human rights,” he said.
According to UN News Center, Cayetano said the country has discovered the symbiotic relationship between terrorism vis-a-vis poverty with illegal drug trade.
“These terrorists were somehow able to bring together an assortment of extremists, criminals, mercenaries and foreigh fighters who attempted, but failed to take control of Marawi City,” Cayetano said.
Cayetano told the United Nations that the Philippines is a sovereign country and it expects that sovereignty to be respected or at least be accorded the benefit of the doubt.