Tuesday 29 August 2017

President Duterte slams Callamard for comments re Kian’s death

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is not lost for words when the topic of the question thrown at him is about United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard.

Last week, Callamard in her tweets categorized the death of Kian Delos Santos as “murder” and has been urging the Duterte administration to make the death of the minor to be the last of the “killings” in the war of the government against illegal drugs.

Callmard is one of the staunchest critic of President Duterte as regards his war on illegal drugs.

Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, who made comments via Twitter last week when emotions were high because of the death of Kian Delos Santos (photo credit to Manila Times)
The president yesterday(Monday) categorically said that there are no assurance that delos Santos would be the last casualty related to his unrelenting and brutal war on illegal drugs.

“T*** i** niya, sabihin mo. Huwag niya akong takutin. P***** i** niya. G*** pala siya eh. Taga-saan ba ‘yang buang na ‘yan. (Tell her son of a b****. She should not intimidate me. Son of a b****. She is a fool),” President told the media.

“Mangyayari nang mangyayari ‘yan. Eh sa lugar niya nangyayari, g*** ka pala (It can always happen. It also happens in her place. You are such a fool),” Duterte added.

Callamard in her Twitter post made use of the hastag #Makeshisdeaththe last and has described Duterte’s crackdown on illegal drugs as “cruel’. She also urged the government to investigate all “unlawful deaths” and stop all murders.

The President reminded the UN rapporteur, that the Philippines is not under the jurisdiction of France, her home country.

“French? T*** i**, umuwi siya doon (Son of a b****. She should just go home),” he said.

“They can detain a person almost indefinitely, under the French law. And the French law says you are guilty, and you have to prove your innocence. Here, the presumption is you are innocent.”

The French "Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen", adopted by their national assembly in August 1789, holds that "every man [is] presumed innocent until he has been pronounced guilty. *

"[If] it is thought indispensable to arrest him, all severity that may not be necessary to secure his person ought to be strictly suppressed by law," Article 9 of the Declaration continues.

Invitation to visit the Philippines

President Duterte challenged  Agnes Callamard to visit the country to see for herself the extent of the drug problem.

“Tingnan mo ‘yung sitwasyon (Look at the situation). Do not ever give me that kind of s***. This is the Republic of the Philippines, not a territory of France. G*** pala siya. Hindi siya nakikinig ng sinasabi ko (She is a fool. She did not listen to what I was saying),” he added.

Last December, the Duterte administration invited Callamard to visit the Philippines subject to three conditions including allowing the President to ask the UN rapporteur questions in a public debate.

 Callamard refused to heed the conditions, saying the violate UN protocols for country visits.

Reports from Philstar
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