US, EU still waiting for Palace's formal invitation to probe EJKs

US, EU still waiting for Palace's formal invitation to probe EJKs

- The US and UN have not received invitation to probe summary executions in the Philippines

- Only the UN special rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, received a formal invitation, but with some conditions set forth by the President

- There have been more than 3,300 drug-related deaths in the Philippines since Duterte sat in office

US, EU still waiting for Palace's formal invitation to probe EJKs

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella (Photo credit: mindanation)

The United States and the European Union are still in the dark as to when they would be able to send an official representative to probe the spate of extrajudicial killings that have hounded the Philippines. So far, the US and the EU have not yet received a formal invitation from the Philippine government.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella confirmned that the Palace only sent a formal invite to Agnes Callamard, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings.

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Albeit a formal invitation has been sent to Callamard, the President included certain conditions in the invitation such as allowing him to ask Callamard questions for the sake of fairness and due process, after the investigation is finished. The letter was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

Agnes Callamard has openly criticized the killings that took place in the Philippines from the time that President Rodrigo Duterte sat in office.

US, EU still waiting for Palace's formal invitation to probe EJKs

EJK in Philippines (Photo credit: abs-cbn.com)

According to Abella, Malacañang is still waiting for the reply of the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.

However, Callamard tweeted that she welcomes the invitation from the Philippine government. She did not elaborate however matters pertaining to the conditions imposed by Duterte in the invitation.

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The US and the EU, like the United Nations, have repeatedly slammed the Philippine President for his bloody drug war, which has taken the lives of many drug suspects without undergoing due process.

The latest body to criticize the President was the International Criminal Court, to which the President responded that he must not be blamed for the vigilante killings.

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On the other hand, he admitted that he encouraged police officers to shoot drug pushers if they resist arrest and in self-defense.

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