If Duterte admin has done nothing wrong, let UN experts probe killings - De Lima

If Duterte admin has done nothing wrong, let UN experts probe killings - De Lima

Detained position senator Leila de Lima is calling out Malacanang, more so baiting the current administration in having president Rodrigo Roa Duterte investigated for the killings which was brought about by the President’s war on drugs.

"If this administration really thinks it has done nothing wrong, I challenge the Department of Foreign Affairs to extend formal invitation to the UN special rapporteurs so that they can find out for themselves the real situation here,” she said.

"The government must be more forthright with the records of its drug war killings. Instead of threatening these experts with arrest, they should be treated as experts capable of ensuring accountability for all these unlawful deaths," she added.

Detained Senator Leila de Lima (photo credit to owner)

De Lima said the governments see "does not seem to care" even amid the continuing killings in the country.

In the first week of this month, 11 United Nations human rights  experts called for an international investigation into the alleged "unlawful deaths and police killings" linked to the government's drive as regards illegal drugs.
Malacanang has previously  said that such move was "intellectually challenged" and an "outrageous interference" against Philippine sovereignty.

Data from the Philippine National Police (PNP), the number of drug suspects killed while resisting arrest in police drugs operations was 6,600 as of the end of May 2019.
De Lima disputes the numbers given by the PNP claimed that the death toll could reach 28,000 "if the number of victims officially recorded under the category of 'homicide cases under investigation' is to be included."

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