Palace: No or­der to ex­pel EU en­voys

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MALA­CAÑANG on Fri­day walked back Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s threat to kick out Euro­pean Union (EU) en­voys in the coun­try and cut the coun­try’s di­plo­matic ties with the 29-mem­ber bloc amid crit­i­cisms of his bloody war on drugs.

dur­ing Fri­day’s news con­fer­ence that the Pres­i­dent’s out­burst was ac­tu­ally di­rected at in­ter­na­tional par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and civil

so­ci­ety lead­ers from Pro­gres­sive Al­liance and the Party of Euro­pean So­cial­ists.

The group had called on the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion to stop ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings after vis­it­ing com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by the bloody anti-drug war.

The Pres­i­dent hurled ex­ple­tives at the EU on Thurs­day af­ter­noon over what he claimed was a threat from the bloc to ex­pel the coun­try from of the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil.

It wasn’t the EU, how­ever, that called for the Philip­pines’ ex­pul­sion from the UN rights coun­cil but non- gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions Hu­man Rights Watch and the Philip­pine Uni­ver­sal Pe­ri­odic Re­view Watch.

These groups warned that the Philip­pines could lose its mem­ber­ship in the UN coun­cil if it main­tained its “con­stant de­nial” of the ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings amid the drug war and con­tin­ued to op­pose a UN probe on the killings.

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