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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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

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