Duterte threatens to cut ties with Iceland

Rodrigo Duterte says the West is scornful of his country's "sovereign exercise" of fighting drugs.
Rodrigo Duterte says the West is scornful of his country's "sovereign exercise" of fighting drugs.

The Philippine president is "seriously considering" cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the UN's top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo told reporters late on Monday the Iceland-initiated resolution that was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in a vote last week in Geneva showed "how the Western powers are scornful of our sovereign exercise of protecting our people from the scourge of prohibited drugs".

Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte "is seriously considering cutting diplomatic relations with Iceland" for initiating the "grotesquely one-sided, outrageously narrow and maliciously partisan" resolution.

Human rights groups, however, have lauded the resolution as crucial to helping end the drug killings and bringing perpetrators to justice.

Australian Associated Press