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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Duterte insists public debate with UN rapporteur on EJKs

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday rejected United Nations Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial Killings Agnes Callamard's request to reconsider his conditions for her planned visit to the Philippines to investigate drug-related killings.

"No. I want it discussed in public. So she can state her case... so I can refute her," Duterte said during a media interview in his visit to wounded soldiers at the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) headquarters in Zamboanga City.

"Kasi tatanungin ko sa 'yo, where did you get that garbage? Anong extrajudicial killings?" he added.


The UN rapporteur's planned visit is aimed to investigate alleged extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders since Duterte took office.

The President has set three conditions for Callamard's visit: a public debate between the two of them, the President should be able to ask his own questions, and the Special Rapporteur should be questioned under oath.

However, Callamard suggested in her letter to the government that she would rather hold a standard private debriefing with the Philippine government at the end of her probe, which could be followed by a joint press conference with Duterte.

Duterte said during his visit at the military headquarters that the United Nations and other groups criticizing his war on drugs does not understand how law enforcement works in the Philippines.

"I am very open about everything I said, my order is to destroy. Hindi nila naintindihan ang law enforcement pati presidente. My orders to the police pati military is to destroy the apparatus, it includes tangible pati tao," he said.

He added: "I'm not ordering a punitive police action."

Duterte also insisted that he needed to declare a war on drugs because of the number of Filipinos affected by the problem.

"I'm declaring a war because of the numbers of Filipino, kadugo ko, na pinasok ng droga. Four million (drug addicts), kung sana 50,000 o 10,000 okay lang 'yan. But four million, they cannot seem to grasp the reality of it all," he said. —ALG, GMA News

- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/592829/news/nation/duterte-insists-public-debate-with-un-rapporteur-on-ejks#sthash.ozbUUFEI.dpuf

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