To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Philippines on the protection of religious groups in that country.
The UK is committed to the promotion of human rights, including freedom of religion and belief. Whilst we have not had specific discussions with the Philippine Government on religious freedom, we have regular discussions on human rights, including our concerns about the conduct of the "war on drugs" and the situation of human rights defenders. This included the UK/Philippines High Level talks that took place on 19th November.
The UK believes places of religious worship are sites for peace and reflection. The terror attacks on the Catholic Cathedral on the island of Jolo on 27 January and on a mosque in Zamboanga on 30 January go against the very essence of this.