Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay brushes off criticism about the country's war on drugs.
- We urge everyone to allow us to deal with our domestic challenges in order to achieve our national goals, without undue interference, he told the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
There is great international concern over the rising death toll in the president's war on crime. Human rights organizations say that the security forces carry out random executions, which Yasay denies.
- We have not, and will never give our police officers the power to shoot to kill people suspected of crimes.
The president, however, won the election in May after promising to eradicate the illegal drug trade in six months, and promised that 100,000 criminals would be killed in order to reach the goal.
Since he took office on 30 June, about 3,000 people have been killed. A third is believed to have been shot dead by police and the rest were killed by unidentified attackers, according to statistics from the police.
Yasay said that the President's initiative is misunderstood and that he at home is supported by 92 percent of the people, and that corruption and drugs have "crushed many of our communities, destroyed our families and extinguished hopes and dreams of our people - young and old - a bright future.
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