PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday warned United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard that he would “slap her” if she investigates him for the alleged extrajudicial killings blamed on his administration’s war on illegal drugs.
“Kaya sabi ko kay Callamard, kung imbestigahin mo ako, sampalin kita. Paano, how can I get a fair hearing if you yourself (do) not even read the publications of your mother organization, United Nations?” Duterte said in a speech in front of mostly Filipino expatriates in Da Nang, Vietnam.
Duterte’s latest tirade against Callamard, special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, came after she allegedly consulted a doctor who said on television that drugs are harmless.
“Di ko naman memorized because I hate her, iyong rapporteur. Ayokong i-pronounce iyong pangalan niya. Nagdala siya ng itim, black doctor daw siya. Nagsabi daw on TV, ‘You know, use of drugs is harmless.’ Sabi ko pu****-***** ‘to,” Duterte said.
Human Rights Summit
Duterte volunteered to host a “world summit” on human rights in the midst of various criticisms he has been receiving for his brutal campaign against illegal drugs.
“We should call a summit. And I will volunteer to make the Philippines the venue,” Duterte said during a late night press conference in Vietnam on Thursday.
According to Duterte, the summit should focus on human rights not just in the Philippines but also across the globe. He said that the conference must tackle how to “protect the human rights for all human race.”
“What makes the death of people in the Philippines more important than the rest of the children in the world that were massacred and killed”” he said.
“World summit on human rights. Kita mo, lalabas lahat ‘yan diyan. And all the victims of human rights violation are invited to come and air their gripe or grievances,” he added.
Duterte, however, lamented why he was being singled out on the issue of human rights violations when other countries also have their issues of human rights violations.
“Bakit ako lang? There are so many violations of human rights, including sa United States, including the continuous bombing in the Middle East killing civilians. Pati mga bata, eskwelahan nila,” he said.