Malacanang said yesterday that after a rapporteur from United Nations accepted the challenge to come over and investigate the extrajudicial killing of drug suspects in the country, it was not inviting any international organization to look into its problems.

Malacanang also insisted that the Philippine government did not invite UN for any reason and that President Duterte sees comments or suggestions from external bodies on the country’s massive crackdown on illegal drugs as “unwelcome meddling”.

Ernesto Abella, the President’s spokesperson, said that the exchange between UN officials and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo about the spate of drug-related killings in the country were considered “unofficial”.

Palace: UN official was uninvited
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Panelo on Friday rejected the allegations made by UN that the crackdown on illegal drugs has become a crime under international law. According to him, it was “recklessness” to make judgments on the country.

Meanwhile, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Ages Callamard said in her tweet that she is open to the invitation to investigate the matter and that she is ready to “see for myself” the situation.

Abella, however, said that the “UN mouthpieces” just assumed that they were being invited to come over and investigate. “The Philippines has not extended any invitation to anybody, nor the UN, to look into its national affairs. We are capable of our own internal dialogue,” he said in a statement.

Already 1,500 drug suspects have been killed since the campaign on illegal drugs began. ASCS

Source: Inquirer

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