MANILA - A former ambassador said on Wednesday Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was just being honest when he raised the issue of human rights and extrajudicial killings on the sidelines of the recently concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Manila.
Speaking to DZMM, former ambassador Apolinario Lozada said what might have irked President Rodrigo Duterte was the fact that Trudeau responded to media questions about what transpired during his conversation with Duterte.
"Siyempre ang pagsasabi doon sa presscon, iba doon sa kanilang one on one. Kasi sa press con, layman's language ang ginagamit nila. Doon sa pag-uusap nila, medyo may pagkadiplomasya din 'yun," he said.
"Ayun siguro, ang problema doon siguro, si Trudeau doon sa press con niya sa Pilipinas. Dapat doon niya inilabas sa press con niya sa Canada pagdating...Well he was just too honest," Lozada added.
Lozada, however, clarified that Trudeau did not violate any protocol.
"It (human rights) is a universal issue and anybody can bring it up anywhere. Walang boundary 'yun eh...Walang na-violate na protocol. Ang problema lang doon, kung paano niya sinabi kay Presidente Duterte. Eh wala namang reactions si Presidente Duterte kaagad nung nag-uusap sila. Nag-react na lang siya dito sa press con," he said.
Duterte on Tuesday said he took Trudeau's move to bring up human rights concerns related to his war on drugs as a "personal and official insult."
"I said I will not explain, it is a personal and official insult, that is why you hear me throwing down epithets and curses… because it angers me,” Duterte said in a news conference after the closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings.
Earlier in the day, Trudeau said Duterte was "receptive" when he raised concerns over "human rights, rule of law and extrajudicial killings" on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.