Walang kawala si Duterte! Robredo open to UN probe on drug war if…
Vice President Leni Robredo is open to having the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigate the drug war if local authorities fail to go after those who committed abuses.
Robredo, the co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), is set to meet with police officials to get data on the deaths recorded over the course of the administration’s drug war.
She said Friday (November 8) that she prefers to have the country’s problems solved internally before asking foreign entities to come in.
“If I believe that the government is not doing anything to, you know, punish whoever needs to be punished or to put to justice whatever needs to be put to justice, then I don’t have any problems with inviting them over—inasmuch as I have always said that if there’s nothing to hide, then what are we fearful for?” Robredo said in a press briefing after her first meeting with ICAD officials.
“But you know, I would rather that we take care of whatever we have to take care of,” she added.
The UNHRC in July adopted a resolution calling for an investigation into the drug-related killings under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.
However, the President said he wants to know the purpose of the UNHRC’s probe before allowing its representatives into the country.
“Let them state their purpose and I will review it,” he said in July.
Critics claim more than 20,000 people have died since Duterte declared a war on drugs after winning the 2016 presidential elections.
The Philippine National Police, however, put the number of dead drug suspects at only around 6,000.