US secretary of state nominee: I'm not going to rely solely on what I read in the newspapers.

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United States secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said he does not want to rely solely on what he read in the newspapers and refused to call the Philippines a human rights violator. 
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Wednesday, during his confirmation hearing in front of his members in the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson was asked by Senator Marco Rubio whether the Duterte administration's aggressive campaign against illegal drugs was "conducive to human rights violations that we should be concerned about and condemning."

I'm not going to rely solely on what I read in the newspapers. I will go to facts on the ground. I’m sure there’s good, credible information available through our various government agencies,” Tillerson said.
Rubio also asked Tillerson if the Duterte administration's approach to conduct an anti-drug campaign was the "right way" saying the US government needs to remembers its "long standing friendship" with the Philippines when dealing with its current leader.

They have been an ally and we need to ensure they stay an ally,” he said.

Last December, Rubio, together with Senators Edward Markey and Christopher Coons, urged the US State Department to review its process of extending aid to the Philippines.

They said Duterte's war on drugs "appears to be a campaign of mass atrocities thinly disguised as a response to a public health emergency."

Ever since the presidential campaign, one of the promises of Duterte was to solve the illegal drug problem of the country.

He promised to solve the problem within 3 to 6 months but later said he will finish the war against drug until the end of his term.


Source: GMA News Online

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