UN rapporteur welcomes PH invitation to probe drug killings

UNITED NATIONS (UN) special rapporteur Agnes Callamard welcomes on Wednesday the invitation of the Duterte administration to investigate the deaths of alleged drug personalities in the Philippines.

On her Twitter account, Callamard said she is yet to receive the letter sent to her by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

"[I] welcome media report of invitation to visit Philippines to investigate EJE (extra-judicial executions). [I am] waiting for the letter and confirmation by official channels," she said.

In a letter dated September 26, Medialdea invited Callamard to visit the Philippines and see for herself whether the supposed extra-judicial killings in the country are "legally and factually sound."

Medialdea said the government is expecting that Callamard would be fair in conducting an investigation.

"We certainly expect your good self to take a fresh look at the Philippine situation in the light of the drug problem that bedevils our country and have been proven to be more widespread than initially thought," the letter read.

"We likewise expect you to look into the circumstances surrounding the killing of our policemen during legitimate drug operation. That way, your picture of enormity and gravity, and the audacity of drug personalities can be placed on accurate perspective," it added.

Medialdea said Callamard should also prepare herself to be cross-examined by the President.

"Since it is this administration that is maligned as being behind these extrajudicial killings, due process requires that the President of the Philippine Republic, be given the opportunity to propound his own questions, which have been nagging him for some time. The right to be heard is a great principle, which every nation recognizes," Medialdea added. (Sunnex)

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