• Foregn affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay has addressed the United Nations not to interfere with president Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs
  • He emphasizes that Duterte has a huge ‘electoral mandate’
  • Duterte also has a high satisfaction rating based on a local survey, he says

Foreign affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay told the United Nations (UN) not to interfere with President Rodrigo Duterte’s massive anti-drugs campaign, which has so far led to more than 3,000 deaths in the Philippines.

During the UN General Assembly on Saturday, September 24, Yasay said: “We urge everyone to allow us to deal with our domestic challenges in order to achieve our national goals without undue interference.”

The secretary emphasized that Duterte enjoys an “unprecedented and resounding electoral mandate” with more than 16 million voting for him during the last elections. He also got a 92% approval rating based on the recent Pulse Asia survey.

Duterte has grabbed international spotlight for his strong statements against world leaders such as US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. These were responses to the criticisms against his crackdown on illegal drug peddlers, which was believed to have prompted the spate of extra judicial killings in the country.

Since Duterte took office and waged the war against drugs, there have been more than 3,000 killed. more than 1,700 of those were slain in official drug operations. The other part is still being investigated but is believed to be perpetrated by vigilantes wanting to silence the small fries.

The UN has been at the forefront of criticisms against the killings related to Philippine drug war.

Last Thursday, Duterte “invited” Ban and “the best lawyers” of the European Union to come to the Philippines to investigate him and the drug-related killings.

“I am inviting the United Nations’ Ban Ki … what’s the name of that d***l? … Ban Ki-moon,” Duterte said on Thursday.

“I am inviting the EU, send the best lawyers of your own, also the rapporteurs, to come to the Philippines. I will write them a letter to invite them for an investigation.”