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Despite Robredo appointment, Agnes Callamard still not welcome to probe drug war: Palace

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By Prince Golez

With Vice President Leni Robredo at the helm of the anti-narcotics campaign, Malacañang appeared not inclined towards allowing UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard to investigate the human rights situation in the Philippines.

“Baka policy ano iyon… baka government policy. When it’s a government policy, then all officials will have to follow the policy,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters.

“The policy of President (Rodrigo Duterte), that he doesn’t want these people intruding into the affairs of the state,” he said.

It was in 2016 when Callamard first expressed her intent to visit the country to probe the reported abuse of power in the campaign against illegal drugs.

The following year, Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs has led to the deaths of thousands of Filipino drug suspects, threatened to slap Callamard if she would investigate him for alleged extrajudicial killings.

“Kaya sabi ko kay Callamard, kung imbestigahan mo ako, sampalin kita,” the President said in a speech before overseas Filipino workers in Vietnam.

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