Roque airs doubt on UN expert’s qualifications

  • Written by Efren Montano
  • Published in Nation
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PRESIDENTIAL apokesperson Harry Roque slammed anew United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard even as he questioned her knowledge about extrajudicial killings.

Roque said he knows Callamard is an expert in freedom of expression but not the issue of extrajudicial killings.

“Itong si Agnes Callamard, hindi ko nga maintindihan kung bakit siya ay naging expert on illegal killing kasi kakilala ko ‘yan, ang larangan talaga niya iyong freedom of expression,” said Roque, who was a human rights lawyer before  he became part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet.

He did not mince words as he mocked Callamard’s qualifications for her current post at the UN.

“Wala naman siyang special na mga research on extralegal killing ‘no. At siyempre iyong hindi siya makapasok ngayon sa Pilipinas para mag-conduct ng investigation, ‘yan ay patunay na palpak siya sa trabaho niya kasi inaway niya nang inaway ang gobyerno,” said Roque.

Roque took Callamard to task again after she defended Filipina UN experts Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, who issued a joint statement urging the Philippine government to observe international obligations and protect the rights of indigenous people under the Mindanao martial law.
UN special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to report on a country’s situation or a specific human rights theme based on their expertise, it was learned.
Callamard had been criticizing Duterte’s bloody war against drugs.