State your purpose first! Duterte on UN human rights probe: 'Kung magdagdag lang sila ng intriga, better talk to the media'

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President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday that he would allow the probe on extrajudicial killings involved in his drug war campaign, if the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will tell first its purpose of the investigation.
“Let them state their purpose and I will review it,” the President told reporters when asked if UN can come in Manila to conduct the probe.

The chief executive further said that he might just refer the international body to the media if its purpose is only to give controversy to the issue.
“Kasi kung magdagdag lang sila sa intriga (if they will just add to the controversy), they better go to the media and the media will tell them the truth. Eh ipalabas ninyo ‘yung footages ninyong lahat and all, and that will clear everybody,” Duterte said.
The UNHRC on Thursday voted to adopt a resolution calling for for a "comprehensive report" into alleged thousands of killings under Duterte’s war against illegal drugs.
During the council's 41st regular session in Geneva, Switzerland, the rights body voted to adopt the resolution filed by Iceland, among 18 countries that voted yes, including Peru and Uruguay. 

A total of 14 countries, meanwhile, voted no, including China. 15 countries abstained, including Japan, Pakistan, and Brazil.

The drug war campaign has gained criticism both local and international on President Duterte’s term three years ago.

According to the Philippine National Police (PNP) report on the number of drug suspects killed during police anti-drug operations hit more than 6,000 from July 2016 at the beginning of Duterte’s term as the President up to the end of May this year.

 However, activists claimed there were at least 27,000 that have been killed since the President announced its anti-drug campaign.

Among these 27,000 was 3-year-old Myka Ulpina who was caught in a crossfire during a police operation involving his father as one of the suspects in Rodriguez town, Rizal last June 30. 

Source: abs-cbn

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