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Jul 28, 2016
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The security of the society can be achieved while protecting civil and human rights, United States Secretary of State John Kerry said during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday.

In a joint press conference with Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Kerry mentioned his concern over the protection of people's rights amid the authorities' aggressive means to uphold peace and order.

"I made very clear that civil and human rights need to be protected even as we work to keep our society safe," Kerry told the Inquirer.

On the same page as Kerry is Vice President Leni Robredo, who raised concern over the rampant drug-related killings under the new administration.

Robredo said she agrees with Duterte when he mentioned during his State of the Nation Address that human rights must not "be used as a shield...to destroy the country."

However, she said she still believes in upholding human rights through providing due process.

"Ito yung buod, ito yung core din ng pinakakaluluwa ng ating bansa. Kung naaalala natin...galing tayo sa isang rehimen na hindi binigyan ng malaking diin yung human rights, kaya [naging] malaking bahagi [ito] ng ating Konstitusyon," she told GMA News Online.

Kerry and Robredo's statements came in response to the "relentless" war on drugs by which already saw more than 300 people killed in the past month.

Thousands of arrests have also been made alongside the numerous mass surrenders of drug suspects since Duterte took office.

 

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