Whatever pro-rights statements Duterte may have uttered at one time or another, his short time in office has been an utter disaster for the basic rights of Filipinos. Exhibit A is his “war on drugs,” in which nearly 5,000 Filipinos have been gunned down since June 2016, with little apparent thought to due process or the rule of law.
Duterte’s abysmal rights record should not stop the Philippines from continuing its support of rights in the environmental realm. This includes bringing a rights perspective to the climate change negotiations.
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