In war of words over UNHRC probe, clarity is lost

MANILA, Philippines - Lines have long been drawn in the debate over whether the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should be held responsible for the rising death toll in his violent campaign against drugs and criminality but a close vote by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to pursue an investigation expanded the verbal war zone for Duterte defenders and accusers.   Drowned in the noise, however, was a statement made by the spokesperson of the UNHRC chief, Michelle Bachelet, Ravina Shamdasani, who summed up, shortly after the UNHRC vote to investigate allegations of state-sponsored killings in the Philippines, what the resolution to investiga...

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