The United Nations has honoured the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte as ‘World Terrorism Ambassador’ for his fight against drugs, terrorism and corruption.
United Nations Security Council has invited Duterte to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA for a short ceremony for the prestigious award on January 20, 2017 which coincides with the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, charged with the maintenance of international peace and security as well as accepting new members to the United Nations and approving any changes to its United Nations Charter. Its powers include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action through Security Council resolutions; it is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states.
Rodrigo Duterte won the 2016 Philippine presidential election on May 9 promising to kill tens of thousands of criminals, and urging people to kill drug addicts. As Mayor of Davao City, Duterte was criticized by groups like Human Rights Watch for the extrajudicial killings of hundreds of street children, petty criminals and drug users carried out by the Davao Death Squad, a vigilante group with which he was allegedly involved.
Despite earlier pronouncements in front of the media and public crowds, Duterte has denied any involvement in the alleged vigilante killings, and said that the Davao Death Squad does not exist.
According to a spokesman, Duterte does not support or endorse the extrajudicial killings of drug suspects. Foreign affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. stated that Duterte “has always ensured that there will be investigations of any allegations of extrajudicial killings.”
According to the Philippines Dangerous Drugs Board, the government drug policy-making body, out of a population of approximately 100 million, 1.8 million Filipinos used illegal drugs in 2015, the latest official survey published, down from 6.7 million in 2004.
Duterte said in his state of the nation address that data from the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency showed there were 3 million drug addicts 2 to 3 years ago, which he said may have increased to 3.7 million.