Plenary session of the 30th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila. ASEAN/Released

WATCH: Before UN body, Philippines thanks China for backing drug war
(philstar.com) - May 16, 2017 - 6:25am

The Philippine delegation led by Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra acknowledged member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China and Japan for supposedly supporting President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

The anti-narcotics campaign has led to the killing of at least 4,000 people, according to police data. The number of deaths linked to the drug war can even reach 8,000, based on estimates of human rights organizations.

On May 11 at the Universal Period Review of the Philippines in Geneva, Guevarra addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council, which has adopted more than 200 recommendations from UN states, many of whom urged that the Philippines puts a stop to extrajudicial killings and launch investigations into police abuses.

FULL STORY: Rights for most but not all: Philippines explains drug war to UN

Guevarra also claimed that ASEAN countries have "first-hand" experience of the Philippines' drug problem. — Video report by Efigenio Toledo IV

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