Philippines rebuffs visit by UN rights investigator

Philippines rebuffs visit by UN rights investigator

"The President, therefore, decries the attribution of killings to the Philippine government. This is simply unfair, especially to the hardworking men and women in uniform who risk their lives and limbs to win the war against drugs", he added.

She said killings in line with the fight against illegal drugs "do not absolve the government from its global legal obligations and do not shield state actors or others from responsibility for illegal killings". He has offered security officials bounties for the bodies of drug dealers.

"The Philippines has not extended any invitation to anybody, nor the United Nations to look into its national affairs".

Mr. Abella said this kind of reaction stems form an "incomprehension" of the Duterte administration's, saying it is more alarming than the magnitude of the drug menace itself. "When have you done a good deed to my country?" he said.

Duterte's chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo told Agence France-Presse the administration was not behind the extrajudicial killings targeting alleged criminal suspects, challenging United Nations human rights experts to visit the Philippines and investigate.

Duterte hit the UN's supposed meddling in the state affairs when special rapporteurs from the intergovernmental body welcomed the challenge to look into the rising death toll attributed to the administration's intensified war against illegal drugs.

"When you are in NY or somewhere else, 10,000 kilometers or miles away from the Philippines and then you make such judgments, that's recklessness", Panelo said.

MalacaƱang said yesterday the government did not invite the United Nations (UN) or anybody to look into its affairs.

"He is just asking the public to cooperate with the campaign".

Dela Rosa said another 899 were killed by vigilantes or "organizational killings within the drug trade".

Asked if she would seek help from authorities to guarantee Dayan's safety, de Lima asked cops to leave him alone.

The Senator said foremost of the "lies" was that she had a go-fer who collected money from the national penitentiary, and the amount was used to fund her senatorial campaign.

De Lima will lead the investigation into the spate of extrajudicial killings linked to Duterte's war on drugs next week. But when you kill criminals who fight with you, and criminals who fight amongst themselves, that is [our] duty, " he said.

"I was told then not to worry because there were no takers. What you can do, I can do ten times better", the President said in his speech at Camp Crame last Wednesday.

During the press conference, she admitted that Ronnie Dayan was indeed her former driver and bodyguard before she started working for the government.

But the senator said she is confident that whatever is presented by the President against her regarding illegal drugs would not hold water.

"I got a call from him, he was panicking, crying and telling me that he could not return to his home because there were cops looking for him", de Lima recounted. Leila de Lima's former driver-bodyguard has gone into hiding, she told reporters yesterday.

The hearings are scheduled on August 22 and 23. She requested the President to monitor the Senate hearings.

"Claims to fight illicit drug trade do not absolve the government from its worldwide legal obligations and do not shield state actors or others from responsibility for illegal killings", Callamard said in a statement.



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