- Presidential spokesman blasted UN rapporteurs for ‘biased statements’ anew
- He pointed to relief of entire Caloocan PNP force as proof gov’t doesn’t tolerate EJKs
- He also said president himself explicitly ordered cops to follow protocol
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque scored three UN rapporteurs over their call for the government to investigate alleged instances of extrajudicial killings in the country; saying the administration won’t allow itself to be bullied by these “biased” individuals.
“We reiterate that the current administration does not, and will never, condone extrajudicial and vigilante killings and does not tolerate human-rights violations,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “We therefore decry the Special Rapporteurs who signed the joint statement for making negative assumptions about the country despite our explanations to the contrary.”
“Even as we continue to respect the UN Special Procedures mechanism, we will not allow these biased individuals parading themselves as human rights experts to abuse such a mechanism to bully States by concocting falsehoods,” he added.
In their joint statement, rapporteurs Agnes Callamard, Michael Forst and Diego Garcia-Sayan urged the government to probe the killings related to the campaign against drugs.
However, Roque said the recent relief of the entire Caloocan police force after the death of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos during a drug operation serves as proof that the government does not tolerate extrajudicial killings.
“This is a proof that we investigate and punish erring policemen and hence, discharged our state obligation to protect and promote human rights,” he said.
The spokesman added that President Rodrigo Duterte himself has several times explicitly ordered police to observe the rules of engagement when it comes to anti-drug operations.
“We believe that accountability is an indispensable part of good governance and the President himself made a clear stance that legitimate operations follow protocols,” Roque said.