Along with National’s Defence spokesperson Mark Mitchell, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee and New Zealand’s first Filipino MP Paulo Garcia, Bridges will meet with a number of politicians and officials for talks on trade and other cooperation.
Talks will include the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jose Rene Almendras, Manila’s mayor Isko Moreno, the boxer-cum-senator Manny Pacquiao and a Cardinal Luis Antonia Tagle.
Bridges said he would raise concerns over the extrajudicial killings of drug dealers with the Philippines government where appropriate.
“Clearly there’s some differences in opinion between New Zealanders as a whole and the Philippines administration where it comes to issues of penal policy and drug offenders and death penalty and the like.”
NO THERE’S NOT! National want to roll back the civil liberties of beneficiaries, prisoners and gang members, the difference is simply the degree with which Duterte goes to, but not the direction!
If it’s anything like him raising human rights concerns with China, Simon will come out praising Duterte’s tough on crime approach and ask him to visit Strike Force Raptor when he launches it!
If Bridges was smart, he’d severely criticise Duterte’s human rights abuses to look tough, distance his Party from the reek of Chinese corruption and make Strike Force Raptor look genuine and not the raw meat policy brain fart it really is.