08 May 2017

News Story: Two US senators want firearms export to Phl restricted

By Jose Katigbak

WASHINGTON – Two ranking American senators filed a bill seeking to restrict the export of arms from the US government to the Philippine National Police (PNP) amid global concern over President Duterte’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs.

In filing the bill, Sens. Ben Cardin (Democrat) and Marco Rubio (Republican) cited Duterte’s war on drugs “that has horrified the international community.”

Cardin is a ranking member of the US Senate foreign relations committee while Rubio is the chairman of the foreign relations subcommittee on human rights and civilian security.

Cardin urged Duterte to handle criminal cases through the rule of law and allow drug addicts access to the public health services and treatment.

Cardin told acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo that the relations between Washington and Manila are being strained by Duterte’s “inhumane campaign.” Manalo attended the US-ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Washington.

Read the full story at PhilStar