Lacson questions Callamard’s ‘conclusions’ on PH war vs drugs
This was how Sen. Panfilo Lacson described Sunday the “conclusions” of United Nations rapporteur Agnes Callamard following her visit to the Philippines to take part in an “academic conference.”
During her visit to the Philippines last weekend, Callamard was quoted as saying the war on drugs does not work “in any country.”
“Sa akin wala pa naman silang investigation bakit may conclusion na siya di tama ang ginawa ng Republika ng Pilipinas? Parang sa akin naman, medyo high-handed naman yan,” Lacson said on DZBB radio.
He added Callamard’s conclusion is “arbitrary and unilateral” since there was no official investigation by the UN yet. “Ikaw ang UN rapporteur tapos gagawa ka ng conclusion in the absence of any formal investigation, that’s unbecoming,” he said.
“Dapat kung may malalimang investigation at may recommendation siyang ginawa sa UN, official dapat at kalakip doon ang ebidensya, testimonya at ano pa. Hindi pwedeng pumunta ka rito sa isang araw may conclusion ka na,” he added.
He also voiced doubts on Callamard’s claim that she was “officially invited” to the Philippines, adding the Commission on Human Rights does not constitute the Philippine government.
“(D)apat kung official talaga, official, through channels, may protocol. Ang sinasabi ng Malacanang na hindi siya officially invited, siya dumating lang dito, sinasabi niya official at na-inform ang Malacanang. Sino mas papaniwalaan natin? Mas papaniwalaan ko ang ating gobyerno kesa sa taong sumulpot na lang dito at nagsasalita na may conclusion agad even in the absence of a formal investigation,” he said.