Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday extended his country’s willingness to help the Philippines address the alleged rampant extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in the country.
According to Trudeau, he and President Rodrigo Duterte was able to converse regarding the allegations. Trudeau added that throughout the discussion President Duterte was “receptive” of the topic.
“As I mentioned to President Duterte we are concerned with human rights, with the extrajudicial killings. We impressed upon him the need to respect the rule of law and, as always, offered Canada’s support and help as a friend to help move forward. This is the way we engage with the world, this is the way we always will,” Trudeau said during a press conference.
“The President was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange,” he added.
Previously, Duterte declared that he would not be discussing the matters regarding human rights violations and would be focusing on other matters instead.
The Philippines has attracted the attention of several international groups and foreign governments following the 3,800 drug related killings in the country in an effort to counteract drugs trade.