The Philippines reject aid from Denmark and Iceland following drug-war investigation

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According to the Danish news agency Ritzau, President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has announced that the country will reject loans and aid from 18 named countries.

The announcement follows a number of countries’ support in favour of a UN resolution to investigate the deaths of thousands of people in relation to the war on narcotics in the Philippines, the news agency states.

On the list of 18 countries, Denmark and Iceland are found.

Salvador Panelo, spokesman for Rodrigo Duterte, said that the president considers the resolution an insult.

While the police claim that about 6,600 people have lost their life, protestors report numbers up to 27,000. Human rights groups are in between the two claims, ranging from 12,000 to 20,000 killed. According to reports, the deceased are commonly poor people.

The president and the police, have defended the deaths saying that people are most often killed when they shoot at officials.

Apart from Denmark and Iceland supporters of the UN resolution and thus countries which the Philippines will not accept aid from include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, Great Britain and Uruguay.

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