“Let them state their purpose and I will," -PRRD re UNHRC resolution

“Let them state their purpose and I will," -PRRD re UNHRC resolution

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte just shrugged off the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) move to adopt a resolution that would allow the body to investigate the human rights situation in the Philippines.

The UNHRC by a vote of 18 of the 47 member states voted in favor of the draft resolution initiated by Iceland which asked UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to prepare a “comprehensive written report” on the country’s human rights situation.

The president was asked if the UNHRC will be allowed to investigate in the country, Duterte said that they should first state their purpose.

Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte (photo credit to owner)

“Let them state their purpose and I will," Duterte said.
“Dagdag lang sila sa intriga (They’ll only add to the intrigue). They better go to the media and the media will tell them the truth. Eh ipalabas ninyo ‘yung footages ninyong lahat (show all your footages) and all, and that will clear everybody,” he added.
Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo gave an opinion that any form of call of UN investigation as an interference to Philippine sovereignty.

Foreign Affairs secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. in a tweet said the draft resolution will most likely be ignored.
“No effect. Such resolutions especially those passed by a tiny minority can and will be ignored. No consequences. On the other hand, the initiative to insult the Philippines with the assumption without proof that it commits gross abuses there will be far reaching consequences,” Locsin said. 

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