‘Umalis ka o babarilin kita!’ Duterte tells soldiers to threaten UN rapporteurs
President Rodrigo Duterte has given the go signal for soldiers and policemen to threaten human rights rapporteurs from the United Nations if ever they insist on getting information about the war on drugs.
In a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for Casa San Miguel in Tarlac Wednesday (March 7), Duterte reiterated his assurance to soldiers and policemen that he has their back.
“‘Pag may magpunta na Human Rights dito, ‘wag ninyong pansinin. ‘Wag ninyong pakainin. Basta hayaan mo ‘yan sila mag-ikot diyan sa kampo pagkatapos sabihin mo, ‘umuwi ka na. Istorbo ka dito, sabi ni Mayor,'” he said.
In case the rapporteur insists on getting information, Duterte said soldiers and policemen should tell the investigator to talk to the President.
“Hayaan mo na ako na ang sasagot. Sabihin mo, ‘you ask the commander. Doon kami kumukuha ng ano.’ Sabi, ‘what is the order?’ ‘Wala ka nang pakialam diyan.’ ‘Ba’t ano pala ang utos niya?’ ‘Ang utos ng p***** i** mo, umalis ka dito’t babarilin kita,'” he said.
For Duterte, who has defended the legitimacy of the drug war, the sole purpose of the rapporteurs are to bring the country down.
UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard has expressed willingness to travel to the Philippines to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings related to the war on drugs. However, Malacañang said she is not welcome.