Malacanang last week expressed willingness to cooperate with human rights investigators after the United Nations (UN) presented interest on the country’s supposed extrajudicial killings.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement during a press briefing in the Sangguniang Bayan Building in Zamboanga del Norte after news sprouted that the UN seeks to probe the Philippines’ war on drugs.
“(D)ahil sa tingin niya [Presidente] ay gustong pumasok ng mga UN rapporteur ay yung mga biased at mayroon ng konklusyon bago pa magkaroon ng imbestigasyon. Bakit ka nga naman makikipagtulungan sa isang rapporteur na mayroon na siyang konklusyon at kinakailangan na lang niya ay ilang bagay para masuportahan ang kanyang konklusyon,” Roque said.
Roque further noted that the government is willing to cooperate to any foreign entity on its war on drugs so long as it only aims to retrieve facts on its campaign against illegal drugs instead of insisting on baseless news.
“Makikipagtulungan lang po tayo doon sa mga taong wala pang konklusyon at mayroon pong katapatan na talagang mag-imbestiga para magkaroon ng konklusyon,” Roque stressed.
Defending the administration’s campaign, Roque added the current drug war were results of legitimate police operations, and the President punishes those officers who use their power to abuse others.
During the same press briefing, the Presidential Spokesperson the soon opening of a modern, first-class international airport in Zamboanga City.