Philippines: Senator Leila de Lima Wants United Nations Probe on Rising Number of Extrajudicial Killings Related to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “War on Drugs”

Sen. Leila De Lima, right, gestures as she talks to fellow Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV at the continuing Senate probe on the rising number of extrajudicial killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “War on Drugs”, Aug. 23, 2016. AP/Bullit Marquez, File
MANILA, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) — Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday sought United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings linked to the Duterte administration’s intensified illegal drugs campaign in the country.
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“Unless a third-party investigator comes in, there is [a] reason to believe that we may not be able to ferret out the whole truth behind the killings, and to serve complete justice to the victims and the Filipino people,” De Lima said.
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Under Senate Resolution No. 153, De Lima urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to invite Callamard to look into the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions.
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De Lima, a former Justice secretary, said that multilateral organizations, such as the UN and the European Union (EU), have expressed grave concerns over drug-related killings in the country.
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She further said that local and international media have also taken a special interest in reporting the administration-sponsored “war on drugs.”
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The lady senator also pointed out how Senate witness Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed former member of the vigilante group Davao Death Squad, has implicated President Rodrigo Duterte in some deaths of persons in Davao City.
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President Rodrigo Duterte
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Being a signatory to various UN Conventions, De Lima said the Philippine government may pursue an impartial investigation through an independent commission of inquiry to be conducted by the UN Special Rapporteur.
In this Sept. 15, 2016 photo, Sen. Leila De Lima, chairperson of the Senate justice committee, shows a picture on a laptop as former Filipino militiaman Edgar Matobato answers questions during his testimony at the Senate in Pasay, Philippines. AP/Aaron Favila
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Under the UN Human Rights Council’s Resolution 26/12, the Special Rapporteur “undertakes visits to examine the situation of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution in the respective country, and to formulate recommendations to the government and other actors on upholding the right to life.”
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“Such on-site visits by the Special Rapporteur can be initiated by an official invitation from a concerned government, such as the Philippines,” she added.
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According to De Lima, based on official figures as of last September 14, there were 3,173 persons killed since the all-out war on illegal drugs started last July 1. Some 1,138 were killed in police operations while 2,035 were victims of extrajudicial or vigilante killings.
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De Lima’s resolution came after she had been ousted as chairperson of the Senate committee on justice and human rights last Monday.
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A total of 16 senators voted in favor of Pacquiao’s motion while De Lima’s four fellow Liberal Party members opposed and two senators abstained.
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In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading “I’m a pusher”, on a street in Manila. Getty Images

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One Response to “Philippines: Senator Leila de Lima Wants United Nations Probe on Rising Number of Extrajudicial Killings Related to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “War on Drugs””

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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