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Philippines slams U.S. human rights report as "baseless"
April 18,2022   By:Xinhua
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Military officers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. Marines participate in the opening ceremony of the Philippines-US Balikatan joint military exercises inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, the Philippines on March 28, 2022. (Rouelle Umali/Xinhua)
 
"We question the (U.S.) State Department's report of abuses by (our) security forces," Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement. "We challenge it to provide us with details so our Commission on Human Rights, a constitutional and independent body, can verify them."
 
MANILA, April 18, 2022 -- The Philippines on Friday demanded the United States to provide details of human rights abuses allegedly committed by Philippine security forces, slamming its human rights report for churning out baseless allegations.
 
"We question the (U.S.) State Department's report of abuses by security forces," Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement. "We challenge it to provide us with details so our Commission on Human Rights, a constitutional and independent body, can verify them."
 
"Absent these data, the accusations are nothing but innuendos and witch hunt. At worst, the state has become a gullible victim of black propaganda," Lorenzana added.
 
Lorenzana issued the statement in the wake of U.S. State Department 2021 country reports on human rights practices which noted "credible reports that members of the security forces committed numerous abuses" such as "unlawful or arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings."
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