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14 November 2017, 12:27 | Opal Carroll
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The Philippines and Canada are working together to to bring to justice the Abu Sayyaf bandits who killed their Canadian hostages previous year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, November 14.
"I also mentioned human rights, the rule of law and specifically extrajudicial killings as being an issue that Canada is concerned with", he said at the news conference.
"As a member of a wide range of multilateral organizations, we are uniquely positioned to amplify that message before global audiences and our partners", Trudeau said in a speech marking the 40 Asean-Canada Commemorative Summit on the second day of the 31 Asean Summit on Tuesday. "I will always bring that up", Trudeau told reporters in a media briefing after the summit.
He made the statement when a Canadian journalist asked Trudeau for updates on his promise to bring the bandits to justice.
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But critics warn the gesture has come to represent the brutalities of Duterte's drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives. Since he took office 16 months ago, police say they have killed 3,967 people in the crackdown.
Trudeau said Canada will continue to be a part of worldwide efforts to fight global terrorism and will work to ensure that "there are consequences for anyone engaged in terrorist hostage taking".
Duterte is sensitive to such criticism, and in the past called then U.S. President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch" after the State Department publicly expressed concern over the Philippine anti-drug campaign. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs.
Trudeau added Canada offered assistance to address human rights issues in the country.
However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the issue was not raised.
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