By Jennylou Canon


The Philippine delegation's vote favoring a United Nations' (UN) probe against Israel was frowned by President Rodrigo Duterte, a Palace official reported.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that Duterte disagreed as he was not consulted by the Philippine Delegation.

"If the question is, did the President disagree with the vote? Yes, he did. Can it be taken back? Apparently not," Roque said.

Moreover, Roque expressed Duterte's concern on how the vote was decided, as well as the mechanism and procedure of voting.

“The President has expressed his concerns on the mechanism and procedure that led to our vote in the UN Human Rights Council. Of course, this is on a resolution calling for inquiry into the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory,” the spokesperson stated.

However, Duterte earlier left the decision to the Philippine delegation on June 3, according to Roque.

On the other hand, the Palace said that in pursuit of common goals, the country will still maintain ties with Israel as well as all international partners.

Philippine Ambassador to Israel Macairog Alberto was called by the Israel Foreign Ministry to clarify the country's vote on the UN investigation against Israel's military action in early June.

Report source: GMA News