Harry Roque’s remark a hoax? Duterte, Trump say human rights ‘essential’
Was Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque sitting within the proverbial noodle home in the course of the bilateral talks of President Rodrigo Duterte and United States President Donald Trump?
Contrary to Roque’s remark that human rights “was not brought up” in the course of the talks, a joint assertion launched by each the Philippines and the US confirmed that the 2 leaders talked about it.
“The two sides underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs to promote the welfare of all sectors including the most vulnerable groups,” stated the joint assertion launched Tuesday (November 14).
Duterte and Trump additionally agreed “to share best practices in the areas of prevention, enforcement, including capacity-building and transparency in investigations and rehabilitation,” in line with the joint assertion.
Questions arose on whether or not the problem of human rights was introduced up throughout Duterte and Trump’s bilateral talks after Roque stated it wasn’t, however White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated it “briefly came up.”
Roque later stated Sanders’ remark was “fair” in as far as Duterte “described the war versus drugs as promoting” human rights.
In addition to discussing human rights, the joint assertion stated Duterte and Trump “decided to further deepen the extensive US-Philippine economic relationship” and condemned North Korea’s improvement of nuclear weapons.