Manila : Duterte invites UN rights body to set up office in PH


President Rodrigo Duterte

In this photo, taken Aug. 21, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte holds a press conference in Malacañang Palace. (Photo from an RTVM video)


President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday invited the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to set up a satellite office in the Philippines to monitor police operations and possible abuses in the performance of their duties.

Duterte made the invitation a week after the House of Representatives voted give the Commission on Human Rights a budget of P1,000 budget in 2018.

“Yung kay [CHR Chairperson Chito] Gascon, sabihin ko na lang sa House of Representatives, I will personally, through an official channel, invite the human rights commission of the United Nations to set up a satellite office here,” Duterte told reporters after visiting the wake of SPO1 Junior Hilario, a member of Caloocan City who was killed in anti-illegal drug operations last

“Lahat ng operation ng pulis, they will embed an investigator. Magpasok sila ng kasama sa pulis, wala ako problema diyan,” he said.

“Ako pa ang mag-provide ng opisina ng human rights commission ng United Nations,” he added. “Sila ang maglagay ng tao every station. Every operation, sabihin ko sa mga station commanders sa pulis, PNP: ‘Do not operate without the human rights commission ng United Nations. And everybody must wear a camera’.”

The UN and the Commission on Human Rights have earned the ire of Duterte for their criticisms on his administration’s brutal war on drugs.


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 The President reiterated that he would prefer to use the proposed P678 million budget for CHR to buy body cameras for police officers to wear operations.

“With that P600 million, I can buy all the cameras in the world for every policeman to wear,” he said.

“If the House will insist na ayaw talaga nilang bigyan, eh ‘di sabihin ko: ‘Ibigay mo na lang sa akin to improve the police.’ Performance. Camera, mga sasakyan bago. Eh mga luma na rin,” he added. /atm

By: Nestor Corrales – Reporter / @NCorralesINQ / 09:06 PM September 18, 2017



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