EU presses Duterte gov’t on human rights issues in war vs drugs

MANILA — European Union (EU) officials have raised “concerns” about the Duterte administration’s human rights record during a high-level meeting with their counterparts from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The issue, which stemmed from the continuing spate of extrajudicial killings under the so-called “war on drugs,” came up during the 9th Philippine-EU Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) held in Manila on Tuesday.

“Both sides had a candid exchange of views on the human rights situation in the Philippines and the EU, and raised their respective concerns,” the DFA and EU said in a joint statement issued on Wednesday.

The joint statement noted the “importance of construct…

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