Da Nang, Viet Nam — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday called for a separate summit of world leaders to discuss and investigate all forms of human rights violations by governments.
Speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of members of the Filipino community here, the President said discussions on human rights should center on the promotion and the protection of human rights of all people.
“We should have a summit only on human rights, but we should call all,” Duterte said.
Duterte made the call at the start of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings being held in Manila and Clark Field, Pampanga from November 10-14.
He cited terroristic bombings as the worst form of human rights violation as these affect children and schools.
Duterte said he was confident that other leaders would heed his call for a thorough discussions of human rights issues affecting countries by inviting lawyers, medical experts and even victims of human rights violations as resource persons.
The President is in Viet Nam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting where he also addressed the APEC CEO Summit as chairman of the ASEAN. He then spent time with the Filipino community.
There are about 200 Filipino nationals living in Da Nang and the nearby ancient cultural town of Hoi An.
Most of the Filipinos are professionals working as teachers, doctors, IT consultants, hotel and factory managers, and musicians.
In his speech, the President renewed his commitment to Filipinos to protect and preserve the country.
He also expounded on the issue of illegal drugs in the country and its ill effects on Filipino families, saying the number of Filipino drug users has already reached four million.
On the ASEAN Summit, the Chief Executive assured that his government was prepared to neutralize possible security threats that might arise during the meetings.
“I cannot tell you about the preparations, where and what. But I can tell you that the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are ready to meet the challenge,” he stressed.
At least 21 heads of state and government and the Secretary-General of the United Nations are attending the ASEAN Summit.
Malacañang Palace has declared November 13 to 15 as special non-working holidays in Metro Manila, Bulacan and Pampanga. #