As the Duterte administration’s bloody war on drugs continues to attract global attention, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada echoed the government’s stance that other countries and international bodies should not interfere with the Philippines’ internal affairs.

“The Philippines is an independent nation; hindi naman nila alam ‘yung problema natin pero pinapatigil ‘yung all-out war sa Mindanao Estrada said over radio DZRH.

“’Wag tayong sumunod sa kanila ” he added, referring to the United States and the United Nations. “Eh problema natin ito eh .”

Estrada made the comment days after Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay told the UN General Assembly not to interfere in the Duterte administration’s anti drug campaign, as he reiterated the government’s commitment in upholding human rights and international norms.

President Rodrigo Duterte said he would allow the UN, the US, and the European Union to come to the country and investigate the spate of suspected extrajudicial killings, provided that they will adhere to Philippine laws and be asked in return about their share of human rights abuses.


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