FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and United Nations special rapporteur on extra judicial killings, Agnes Callamard (R).
MANILA, Philippines — The current United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial or summary execution Agnes Callamard is not objective said Malacañang.
This is the reason why the government will not allow her to visit the country and investigate the drug-related killings.
“Part of the qualification of a special rapporteur is to be trustworthy enough so that member nations of the UN will allow a special rapporteur to investigate. The fact that there is no way that Agnes Callamard can be allowed to investigate in the Philippines proves that she failed in this regard,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
The official made the statement after Iceland Foreign Affairs Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson appealed to the Philippines before a human rights council regular session on February 26.
To accept, without conditions or limitations, the visit from the special rapporteur and cooperate on an assessment about the anti-drug war.
However, Roque said no country can compel the Philippines to allow an investigation if it does not want to do so.
Roque will also recommend a rapporteur to the President who can conduct an investigation on the anti-drug war.
“Of course the statement of the Iceland ambassador is an expression of his home state, but its an expression that we don’t have to heed,” said Roque.
Yesterday in his speech in Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte stood firm that his anti-drug war will continue until the last day of his term whether or not he will be investigated even by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“But the war on drugs, it will not stop the war against drugs. ICC or no ICC, it will proceed and it would last until the day — of the last day of my term. If this will stop, considering the drugs that are flowing into the country by sea and they are just throwing it, the bins, the plastic bins with a GPS,” said the President. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue