“Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano harps on national sovereignty whenever international actors criticize the Philippine government on its human rights record. If Cayetano meant an ounce of truth in his pronoucements that the country should fully exercise its rights as a sovereign nation, he should uphold the rights of a Filipino citizen who suffered physical and psychological torture, among other violations, under the US government. We challenge him to file a diplomatic protest against the Trump administration for the cruel and inhuman acts of the US Department of Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection against Moro human rights activist Jerome Succor Aba,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.
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