Reading the excerpts from the speech of Yasay before the UN Human Rights Council in defense of Duterte's deadly war on drugs that has killed more than seven thousand victims within seven months since Duterte took over Malacanang, I can see that he follows Duterte's old and unbelievable defense tactics: general denial, avoidance, and empty promise to uphold the rule of law. Their words mean nothing.
The fact remains:
* that the brutal and violent modus operandi of the PNP and its Oplan Tokhang is state-induced from the very top, Duterte himself;
* that the program of summary execution is widespread, well planned and managed, and scripted;
* that the PNP and the DOJ have not conducted serious and meaningful investigations of the extrajudicial killings;
* that the focus of the war on drugs has been to kill and not to rehabilitate and reform the drug dependent;
* that there is no sufficient public funding for public health facilities and social services to treat and rehabilitate drug users and to train them and fund their livelihood opportunities;
* that the targets of the war on drugs have been the poor and the helpless, while the big-time drug lords were allowed to either escape or to avail themselves of due process of law; and
* that the UN System and the world community have been arrogantly deprived by Duterte the opportunity to observe and evaluate his deadly war on drugs and to make the appropriate recommendations to the PH Government and the UN System to deal with the drug menace in the country pursuant to applicable international conventions.