Duterte tells police, military not to entertain UN probe on drugs

On the alleged extrajudicial killings, President Rodrigo Duterte said it before and again: “DO NOT ANSWER” - as he ordered members of the Police and Military in a speech held in Davao City during the opening of the National SWAT Challenge.
“So I’d like to announce. Ulitin ko, inannounce ko na ‘yan noon eh, na back up ko kayo. And pagdating ng human rights o sino mang rapporteur diyan, ang order ko sa inyo: Do not answer. Do not bother [I’ll say it again, O have announced that already before that I have your back. And when it comes to human rights or whoever rapporteur inviting you: Do not answer. Do not bother],” Duterte says in his usual gesture of boldness and commanding presence.
These remarks came after Iceland Foreign Minister Gudlaugur thor Thordarson along with UN Rights Experts renewed their appeal to allow United Nation Special Rapporteur Dr. Agnes Callamard’s investigation on the controversial War on Drugs, during the 37th regular session of the Human Rights Council.

The President, however, stood firm on his conviction that UN should not interfere with his leadership.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque defended that only a fair-minded rapporteur should be allowed to visit the Philippines and investigate with objective and unbiased opinions. Roque is also the Presidential Adviser on Human Rights and is likely to find a more credible rapporteur to recommend, whose identity is yet to disclose.


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Source:  Inquirer

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