Thursday 9 November 2017

Duterte warns UN Rapporteur Callamard: If you investigate me, I'll slap you

The President of the Republic of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his speech while attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City made his stance known again.

It was a meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam, one of the activities he is scheduled to do while in Vietnam.

In front of Filipinos, meeting them in person he delivered  his usual spontaneous speech, it lasted  almost an hour. His anti-drugs campaign, position in globalization, and the controversial human rights issue that is always hurled at him. *
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If you investigate him, he’ll slap you.

The President  made that warning to  United Nations Special Rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard, who has been always calling the President about the alleged extra judicial killings being done sincethe start of his presidency.

“Kaya sabi ko kay Callamard, kung imbestigahin mo ako, sampalin kita. Paano, how can I get a fair hearing if you yourself (do) not even read the publications of your mother organization, United Nations?" Duterte said in a speech in front of mostly Filipino expatriates in Da Nang, Vietnam.

The President, made known his irritation to the UN special rapporteur when the latter brought a doctor who is black wherein said doctor stated that the use of drugs are harmless.

"Di ko naman memorized because I hate her, iyong rapporteur. Ayokong i-pronounce iyong pangalan niya. Nagdala siya ng itim, black doctor daw siya. Nagsabi daw on TV, ‘You know, use of drugs is harmless.’ Sabi ko pu****-***** 'to," Duterte said.

Callamard has been critical of the deaths under the Duterte administration and had sought an invitation to visit the country to investigate drug-related killings.

The government last year invited Callamard, but she declined due to the conditions set by the government, including a public debate with Duterte, which she said would break UN protocol. *

Callamard visited Manila in May to attend an academic conference on drug-related issues and grace the Commission on Human Rights' 30th anniversary celebration. 

The president also challenged the UN to file a case in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"Sabi ko talaga, itong United Nations, sige file the case and let’s have an argument there in the international, whatever, criminal court. Sige, tingnan natin. Isampal ko ito sa kanila. Mismong study ninyo ayaw niyo paniwalaan tapos ako kulungin ninyo because of extrajudicial killing," he said.

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