Callamard welcome to visit PH as tourist — Palace

admin   •   March 5, 2018   •   3902

United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings Agnes Callamard

MANILA, Philippines —The government will not bar the entry to the Philippines of Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings or summary execution.

This is if she will tour the country as a tourist according to Malacañang.

“Pero welcome po siya dahil (She is welcome because) after all, we welcome all tourists. Kaya lang ang masama doon, huwag niyang palalabasin na nag-iimbestiga siya kasi ang pagpasok sa Pilipinas, hindi naman po iyan katumbas ng pag-iimbestiga (But she should not claim that she’s investigating because an entry to the Philippines does not mean she’s allowed to conduct an investigation),” the Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

However, the official  also quipped some innuendos against the said UN rapporteur and even invited her to take a swim in Pasig River.

“So kung siya po ay papasok sabihin niya, magkaroon siya ng obserbasyon bilang turista. So kapag pumasok po siya ay aanyayahan po namin siyang lumangoy sa malamig na tubig ng Pasig River,” said the presidential spokesperson.

(So if she wants to enter the Philippines, she may do so as a tourist. When she visits we will invite her to swim in Pasig River.)

Roque has previously said that the Duterte administration is open to conduct an investigation into the government’s anti-drug war except for Callamard because of her bias.

The palace will also prohibit coordination between the investigator and the police and military personnel as directed by President Duterte.

Roque, meanwhile, will recommend a rapporteur to the president who will be allowed to investigate the administration’s war on drugs.

“Bakit ka nga naman makikipagtulungan sa isang rapporteur na mayroon na siyang konklusyon at ang kinakailangan na lang niya ay ilang bagay para masuportahan iyong kaniyang konklusyon? Makikipagtulungan lang po tayo doon sa mga tao na wala pang konklusyon at mayroon pong katapatan na talagang mag-iimbestiga bago magkaroon ng konklusyon,” said the official.

(Why would you work with a rapporteur who had already drawn her own conclusion and only needs a few details to support said conclusion? We will only work with people who have not drawn their own conclusions and can be trusted to conduct an investigation before reaching a conclusion.) — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

Pasig Ferry Service operations suspended for Lenten week – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Operations of the Pasig River Ferry Service will be temporarily suspended from April 1 to April 4, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In a statement, the MMDA said normal operations will resume on Monday, April 5.

“Meanwhile, as Metro Manila is under enhanced community quarantine, the ferry service will be implementing 50% seating capacity,” the agency said.

All Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) are allowed to ride the ferry service, provided they bring an identification card.

The national government placed the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Laguna under ECQ from March 29 to April 4 in a bid to arrest the surge in COVID-19 cases.


Pasig River Ferry opens on Sundays in December

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 8, 2020

The Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) will be open for passengers even on Sundays for the whole month of December, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Passengers can now enjoy free ferry rides from Monday to Sunday, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Operational stations include Pinagbuhatan and San Joaquin in Pasig City; Guadalupe in Makati City; Hulo in Mandaluyong City; Lambingan, Sta. Ana, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Escolta and Lawton in Manila City.

The PRFS management, meanwhile, reminds passengers to follow minimum health safety protocols such as wearing masks and face shields and should undergo temperature checks.

They will also be required to fill out a manifest form and commuter information sheet before boarding.

Passengers should also comply with the ‘one seat apart’ guideline for physical distancing measures. AAC

U.N. expert deems U.S. drone strike on Iran’s Soleimani an ‘unlawful’ killing

UNTV News   •   July 10, 2020

The January U.S. drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and nine other people represented a violation of international law, a U.N. human rights investigator said on Thursday (July 9).

The United States has failed to provide sufficient evidence of an ongoing or imminent attack against its interests to justify the strike on Soleimani’s convoy as it left Baghdad airport, said Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

The attack violated the U.N. Charter, Callamard wrote in a report calling for accountability for targeted killings by armed drones and for greater regulation of the weapons.

Callamard presented her findings to the Human Rights Council, giving member states a chance to debate what action to pursue. The United States is not a member of the forum, having quit two years ago.

Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, was a pivotal figure in orchestrating Iran’s campaign to drive U.S. forces out of Iraq, and built up Iran’s network of proxy armies across the Middle East. Washington had accused Soleimani of masterminding attacks by Iranian-aligned militias on U.S. forces in the region.

The Jan. 3 drone strike was the first known incident in which a nation invoked self-defence as a justification for an attack against a state actor in the territory of a third country, Callamard added.

Iran retaliated with a rocket attack on an Iraqi air base where U.S. forces were stationed. Hours later, Iranian forces on high alert mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger airliner taking off from Tehran.

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 others over Soleimani’s killing and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on June 29, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. (Reuters)

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