UN human rights chief urges probe on Duterte’s killing claims

admin   •   December 21, 2016   •   2886

President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent admission that he had killed criminals earned different reactions not just in the Philippines, but even in the international community.

It allegedly happened when he was still mayor of Davao City during legitimate police operations.

“In Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the guys [police] that if I can do it why can’t you,” Duterte told business leaders during his speech at the presidential palace.

“And I’d go around in Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around, and I would just patrol the streets, looking for trouble also. I was really looking for a confrontation so I could kill.”

“It was really a legit encounter, covered by media. The media of Davao was aware that really this was happening,” added the President.

However, in a statement, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, the President’s acts were violations, not just of the Philippine laws, but also international law.

The official added this may encourage others to do violent acts.

Consequently the U.N. official urged judicial authorities in the Philippines to conduct an investigation in relation to the chief executive’s statement.

Al Hussein has signified support to U.N. Special rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Agnes Callamard.

According to Callamard, the government should withdraw all its conditions on her Philippine visit to conduct investigations into the alleged extrajudicial killings.

President Duterte had previously earned criticisms over the increasing number of killings in the country amid the government’s war on drugs. — Mirasol Abogadil | UNTV News and Rescue

Duterte honors COVID-19 frontliners, fallen soldiers on Day of Valor

Robie de Guzman   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday lauded the efforts of frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as the sacrifices of soldiers as the country marks the Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan).

In a message, Duterte paid tribute to the “selfless and dedicated frontliners whose unrelenting commitment in this fight reflects the heroism of the warriors of Bataan that continues to inspire in us a greater sense of patriotism and solidarity during these trying times.”

The president said the Day of Valor is “a firm reminder of the unyielding determination of the Filipino to prevail over all forms of adversity.”

“The valor of our forebears, which was exhibited during the defense of Bataan almost eight decades ago, has left an indelible mark in our history and shaped our indomitable spirit to rise after every fall,” he added.

Duterte also honored “our fallen soldiers whose sacrifice became the bedrock of our resolve to uphold our most cherished liberties.”

“May this awareness resonate among us as we strive to become worthy heirs to the nation that they fought and bled for. A meaningful and solemn remembrance to all,” he said.

Duterte remains fit and healthy amid rumors on ill health — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte remains “fit and healthy” and continues to discharge his functions as the head of the government, Malacañang assured the public Thursday.

The Palace issued the statement following rumors claiming that the president suffered a mild stroke.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte remains fit and healthy for his age and we thank the Filipino people for voicing their concern and wishing the Chief Executive’s strength and good health during this time of COVID-19 pandemic as he continues to discharge his functions as head of the government,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

The rumors began after Malacañang announced that Duterte’s public address this week will be rescheduled.

Duterte was supposed to hold his “Talk to the People” last Monday but it was moved to Wednesday. Roque later then said that the president’s speech has been moved to next week.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Duterte’s former long-time aide, disclosed that Duterte’s public address was postponed after some members of the Presidential Security Group tested positive for COVID-19.

Go assured that the president is in good health condition and busy with paperwork, even posting photos of him and Duterte to dispel the rumors.

On Thursday afternoon, Go shared another photo of him and Duterte captioned with “Now lang. Sa Bahay Pagbabago,” referring to the president’s official residence.

Duterte turned 76 last March 28.

The president’s last public appearance was on March 29 when he addressed the public after personally welcoming the arrival of one million Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Davao City requires RT-PCR testing for 1st to 3rd gen close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 case

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2021

First to third-generation close contacts of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases will now be required to undergo Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing, according to the Davao City Government.

Vice Mayor and acting Davao City Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte ordered the mandatory swabbing of all F1, F2, and F3 close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case which will be effective until December 31, 2021.

He issued Executive Order (E.O.) No. 20, Series of 2021, known as “An Order Providing For Mandatory Swabbing Of All F1, F2, and F3 Contacts of an RT-PCR Confirmed Positive Case of COVID-19 in Davao City.”

As stated in the EO, the acting mayor said, “There is a need to expand the testing of contacts beyond the F1 category as an attempt to control the transmission of the virus.”

He also cited the need to recalibrate strategies to prevent and control COVID-19 transmission in Davao City amid the surge of cases in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Vice Mayor Duterte is the acting mayor of Davao City from April 6 to 10 while her sister Mayor Inday Sara Duterte took a leave for health reasons. AAC

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