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Supalpal! UN panel hands epic defeat to Cayetano as Callamard gets backing to probe PH

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United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Agnes Callamard has scored a victory in her bid to investigate the killings linked to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs after a UN working group tasked with reviewing the human rights situation in the Philippines urged the government to let her do her job.

In an 18-page report, the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group also called on the government to accept Callamard’ request for an official visit without any conditions.

France, Ireland, Germany and Hungary were just some of the countries which recommended Callamard’s investigation into the killings under the Duterte administration.

The 18-page report, which was adopted by the UN panel Thursday evening (May 11), also recommended that the government investigate all instances of alleged extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration.

The working group’s recommendations reflect the criticism that had been expressed by 45 of the 47 member states which spoke up when the Philippine delegation, led by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, explained the war on drugs during the universal periodic review of the country this week.

In his speech, Cayetano denied the existence of extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration. He also accused the President’s critics and the Western media of making up false reports on these deaths to put the country in a bad light.

Speaking to reporters in Cambodia Wednesday (May 10), Cayetano said Callamard was unfit to investigate the Philippines because of her supposed bias against the government.

“Si Dr. Callamard, meron na siyang nasa utak niya kung anong nangyayari dito, against na siya eh. Tingin na niya killings ‘to, tingin niya — and by the way ‘no, hindi expertise ni Dr. Callamard ang ano ha, ang extrajudicial killings, forced disappearance, abductions ‘no,” he said.