Malacañang has defended the Duterte administration, stressing it is not involved with any harassment or intimidation of human rights defenders in the Philippines.
This was following the criticism of Amnesty International, denouncing the Philippine government’s alleged harassment against human rights advocates.
“As to Amnesty International, there’s no such harassment nor intimidation of human rights defenders. We don’t know what they’re talking about,” Guevarra said in a text message to reporters.
The government earlier accused some human rights groups that drug lords have been using them to discredit the administration.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque stressed, “We stand by the statement we made on the possibility that some nongovernmental organizations, instead of assisting the government fulfill its human rights obligations, have become unwitting tools of drug lords.”
“To continue to do and thrive in the drug business, these drug lords can easily use their drug money to fund destabilization efforts against the government,” he added.