‘No way’ to save the Philippines if Duterte loses presidential bid

By MICHAEL RYAN-HAYWARDAUSTRALIA – Nov 11, 2019 12:17:30It’s not only the United States that is concerned about the Philippines’ bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

Australia has also raised concerns, saying the Philippines has no “guarantee of non-military support” for its bid.

But it is unlikely that Australia will stop backing Duterte, who has ruled out a transition to democracy and called for an end to the rule of law.

“We are concerned that there is no credible and verifiable evidence that Duterte has been involved in or directly involved in any criminal activity,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday.

“Australia is confident that all Australians can rest assured that our diplomatic and consular support for the Philippines will continue.”

The Philippines’ candidacy for membership in the United Nation’s human rights council, the United Kingdom, and France’s role in the Paris climate accord are among the other countries concerned about Duterte’s bid.AAP/File The Philippines is one of three nations that have not declared themselves a party to the Paris agreement, but the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia have joined.

Bishop said Australia was “not making any judgment” about the bid.

“If the Philippines does not meet our standards, then we will not be supporting the Philippines,” she said.

“I would urge them to work with us to improve their human rights record.”

Duterte, a vocal critic of human rights in the Philippines, is expected to win the presidency in September.