Opposition lawmakers: Palace trembles at Callamard coming back

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 10 2017 12:20 AM | Updated as of May 10 2017 07:31 AM

Opposition lawmakers on Tuesday said Malacañang is now trembling at the prospect of United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard coming back to the Philippines to conduct a full-blown investigation on the war on drugs.

Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin believes that Callamard will come back as 45 member countries of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council urged the Philippines to conduct a "thorough investigation" into extrajudicial killings in the country.

"Malacañang is trembling on its knees saying, Callamard [is] open na maimbitahan kasi 'di na pwedeng harangin pa yung isang official visit by a UN special rapporteur," Villarin said.

"That would give Agnes Callamard the needed ammunition to say na kailangan sabihin ng Duterte administration she will be welcome here."

Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat said this is the effect of the recommendation for an investigation, which came even after the Philippines dispatched Senator Alan Cayetano to answer questions and criticisms on the war on drugs. 

"It's really a repudiation of the Philippine report given by Senator Cayetano [and] this can no longer be denied by Malacañang," Baguilat said.

Eight member-countries of the UN Human Rights Council recommended that the Philippines allow Callamard to investigate extrajudicial killings in the country. These were Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia and Peru.

The remaining 37 member countries who expressed their concern on the extrajudicial killings were Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Guatemala, Haiti, Vatican City, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Iraq, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor Leste, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

The Palace has yet to issue a statement on the UN Human Rights Council member-countries' recommendations and concerns.

Callamard on Friday visited the Philippines for academic purposes. --With a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News