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Why meddle in PH affairs? Sotto says UN lacks moral ascendancy to probe drug killings

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Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III isn’t keen on inviting the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on summary executions to look into the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country despite the attention the issue has garnered overseas.

Sotto said the intergovernmental organization has no right to meddle in the Philippines’ affairs.

“Bakit makikialam ang UN sa atin? Payag ba sila na makialam tayo sa kanila?” he told reporters at the Senate Wednesday (Sept. 21).

If the UN were concerned about human rights, Sotto said its attention should also be called to its endorsement of abortion.

“To me, the highest form of human rights violation is abortion, and the United Nations officials are supporting it and recommending it,” he said.

As proof, Sotto cited an instance when UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon encouraged the international community to find ways in countries where abortion is illegal.

“For me, that’s (abortion) is the highest form of human rights violation tapos pakikialaman nila tayo? And dinadamay nila ang mga namamatay sa drug operations na nagre-resist,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Senator Leila de Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 153 urging the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to invite UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard to look into the spate of over 3,000 summary executions carried out under the President Rodrigo Duterte’s drive against illegal drugs.

“Unless a third-party investigator comes in, there is reason to believe that we may not be able to ferret out the whole truth behind the killings, and to serve complete justice to the victims and the Filipino people,” De Lima said.

The senator was only recently ousted as chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, which has been holding hearings on the drug-related killings in the country.

Sotto said international observers must also take note of the arrest of over 16,000 drug suspects and not just the number of casualties to get a better picture of the drug situation in the country.