Malacañang to Callamard: “Don’t step on Philippine soil uninvited.”

President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, Agnes Callamard several times.

“To just illustrate to you, I do not think if you remember that black doctor brought by Callamard. And he had the gall to go in public before TV and said that, ‘No, drug does not harm. It is not something which is permanent.’ I wanted to slap his face. Really, I will slap his face if I see him,” said President Duterte during his speech at the 65th General Assembly of the League of Cities of the Philippines on Tuesday.

Malacañang said the statements of the Chief Executive must not be taken literally but seriously.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, the President is displeased by the conduct of Callamard who came to the Philippines even without final negotiations yet on her official visit and she brought with her a resource person who said that illegal drugs were not harmful to health.

This is aside from the comments and conclusions of Callamard even without proper investigations.

“So the position of the Palace is: how could she have come up with conclusions when she had not yet conducted an investigation? So to us, because she already had conclusions even before investigation, she has preconceived conclusions about the issue of alleged killings on the drug war,” Roque said.

“My advice: don’t come to the Philippines when uninvited,” he added.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had previously criticized President Duterte because of his statements against Callamard. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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