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Grace Poe says UN, EU should investigate before condemning Duterte on EJK

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Sen. Grace Poe believes that the United Nations and the European Union might have been to rash in condemning President Rodrigo Duterte for human rights violations largely on reports that over 3,000 alleged extrajudicial killings have been done under his three-month old administration.

“Pero sabi ko nga wag lang kayo mag condemn, wag lang kayo mag bigay ng statement na ganyan. They should also study, ano bang pruweba ninyo na nanagyayari lahat yan? is it just based on statements na ilang libo na ang extra judicial killing victims,” said Poe in an interview with Nimfa Ravelo of DZBB.

The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights has castigated Duterte for speaking against and opposing human rights institutions and investigations.

High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said during a Human Rights Council meeting last week said: “Empowering police forces to shoot to kill any individual whom they claim to suspect of drug crimes, with or without evidence, undermines justice. The people of the Philippines have a right to judicial institutions that are impartial, and operate under due process guarantees; and they have a right to a police force that serves justice.”

Hussein said that Duterte should invite Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to look into the reported summary killings.

The EU Parliament passed a five-page resolution last week urging Duterte to stop the extrajudicial killings.

“President Duterte publicly stated he would not pursue law enforcement officers and citizens who killed drug dealers who resisted arrest,” said the EU members which include Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Sweden, Portugal and Finland.

The Economist wrote that “in less than three months, he (Duterte) has presided over three-quarters as many extrajudicial killings as there were lynchings of black people in America between 1877 and 1950.”

But Poe said he she doesn’t mind the UN and EU expressing its concern over the Philippines as long they do not impinge on the country’s independence.

“If they care for our country, okay lang, that’s their right. Hayaan mo lang sila, dapat naman talaga may pakiaalam tayo sa lahat ng komunidad sa buong Mundo kung may katotohanan talk. Basta hindi natin ina-abdicate ang ating territorial integrity, national sovereignity,” said Poe.

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