U2 lead singer Bono reminds President Duterte: “You can’t compromise on human rights”

The lead singer of the Irish rock band U2 has a message to President Rodrigo Duterte.

On Tuesday, December 10, during a press conference at the Philippine Red Cross Headquarters in Mandaluyong, Bono said that he doesn’t have any plans to meet President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I have no plans and, you know, today, I’m just focused on what the positives of working with the health service might be and I just met with the health minister and it’s very encouraging. And so I thank him for that.” Bono who’s real name is Paul David Hewson said.

“The President is very popular, and he doesn’t need me on his side.” he added.

He also introduced himself as a member of Amnesty International (AI), the group that criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies several times.

The media also asked Bono about his thoughts on the human rights situation in the Philippines.

” I am a member of Amnesty International, I have been all my life, and I think human rights are critical. My impression of the Philippines is (they’re a) very caring, very sophisticated people, and I understand that when progress is made, some people make what they think are compromises for that progress,” he said.

“And I would just say you can’t compromise on human rights. And that’s my soft message,” he added.

Bono’s band, U2 is set to hold a concert at the Philippine Arena on Wednesday.

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