Rosales: 'Bato' accountable for 'secret jail cell'

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 05 2017 12:03 AM

Former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Etta Rosales on Thursday said Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Ronald Dela Rosa should be held accountable for the criminal acts committed by his men under his watch. 

She said Dela Rosa does not know the law, in response to the PNP's initial comments on the discovery of the secret detention cell.

Rosales also said Dela Rosa's claim that there are no more secret detention cells is "a big fat lie".

She said the United Nations Human Rights Council is expected to come up with strongly-worded recommendations to the Philippine government during the universal periodic review on Monday.

Rosales warned that if the government will ignore the council's recommendations, the Philippines' international credibility will suffer, which might lead to cutting off of foreign aid or imposition of economic sanctions.

She is also wondering why Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is going to Geneva for the universal periodic review, when it should be the executive department presenting the Philippine government side.

Rosales also welcomed filing of a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

She said it will be an opportunity for an independent judicial inquiry into extrajudicial killings in the country.