Philippines' Duterte takes aim at rights groups in first UN address

In his first-ever address at the United Nations General Assembly, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday took aim at groups that he says have “weaponized human rights,” allegedly in a bid to discredit his administration.In a pre-recorded video, Duterte vowed to protect the rights of Filipinos against “the scourge of illegal drugs, criminality and terrorism.””A number of interest groups have weaponized human rights – some well-meaning, others ill-intentioned,” he said. “They attempt to discredit the functioning institutions and mechanisms of a democratic country and a popularly elected…

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