UN expert on extrajudicial killings agreed to come to Philippines

UN expert on extrajudicial killings agreed to come to Philippines

- Panelo dared UN to come and visit the Philippines so that they can see the real score regarding the drug-related killings

- Callamard of the UN, graciously accepted the invitation of Panelo to go to the Phil. and investigate

- She tweeted her response after she learned from Agence Frnce of the invitation

UN expert on extrajudicial killings agreed to come to Philippines

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo (Photo credit: inquirer.net)

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo must be very honored that Dr. Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions, accepted his invitation for the body to investigate the spate of drug-related killings that have been happening in the country.

Panelo issued a statement saying that it’s recklessness for people who are located thousands of miles away from the Philippines, to make judgments regarding the situation in the country.

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This is why he said, “they better come over and see for themselves the real situation,” which was invariably treated as an invitation. After all, he is the Presidential Legal Counsel and his public pronouncements are taken as “official” statements of the government, and not something as a joke.

UN expert on extrajudicial killings agreed to come to Philippines

Director, Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University; UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions. (Photo credit: Twitter/@AgnesCallamard)

When Dr. Callamard learned of the open invitation of the Philippines’ Presidential Legal Counsel, she was quick to tweet her response, saying, “Invitation to investigate welcomed. Ready to see for myself.”

 

The exact words of Panelo to which Callamard reacted were, “When you are in New York or somewhere else, 10,000 kilometers or miles away from the Philippines and then you make such judgments, that's recklessness.”

Panelo’s invitation came in his second statement when he said, “Those statements are misplaced and baseless, and they better come over and see for themselves the real situation.”

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The intense pronouncements of Panelo came about after UN condemned the extrajudicial killings that have hounded the country since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency.

UN expert on extrajudicial killings agreed to come to Philippines

Pieta (Photo credit: rappler.com)

The United Nations called such bloody war on drugs as a crime under international law. Panelo, on the other hand, said that imputing as a crime the present government’s efforts to eradicate the proliferation of drugs does not do justice at all.

As of date, the number of drug suspects killed has increased. It is now at 643 - killed, 387 of which were killed by policemen during buy-busy operations.  – SD, Kami Media

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