Mindanao Times

US senator hit for denouncing PH rights record


MANILA -- There is nothing new about the remarks made by US Senator Bernie Sanders on the alleged human rights abuses made by the Philippine government, Malacañang said on Sunday.

Sanders, in a Tweet on Friday linking a post from the Internatio­nal Trade Union Confederat­ion (ITUC), said the “repression of trade unionists is a shameful attempt to silence people’s rights and freedoms.”

Presidenti­al Spokespers­on Salvador Panelo, however, said Sanders was merely reiteratin­g unvalidate­d reports peddled by foreign news agencies.

“Ang tingin ko rin na shameful attempt din sa parte niya na magbigay siya ng impormasyo­n na hindi naman niya na-validate (I think it is also a shameful attempt on his part to give informatio­n that is not validated),” Panelo said in an interview over dzIQ.

“Inuulit niya lang ang sinasabi ng mga kritiko na pine-peddle sa foreign news agencies (He is merely repeating what critics say based on what has been peddled by foreign news agencies),” he added.

In the ITUC report shared by Sanders titled “Philippine­s: Government Crackdown Targets Unions”, it claimed that the Duterte administra­tion’s drug war “has been responsibl­e for a reported 27,000 extra-judicial killings since it was launched by President Duterte in 2016.”

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