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Only credible Special Rapporteurs can probe PH – Palace

Any investigation to be conducted by a United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur should have proper consent from the state party.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. stressed this on Tuesday during a press briefing in Malacanang amid calls for the government to lift the conditions set in allowing a special rapporteur to look into the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

“To those familiar with the Special Rapporteur’s system, all investigations must be consented to by state parties,” Roque said. “Here’s no one that can compel a state party to allow an investigation if it does not want to do so.”

The Spokesperson said it is also the state party’s prerogative on which special rapporteur could visit the Philippines for an investigation.

“If they’re going to send a special rapporteur to the Philippines, it must be someone credible, someone, who is an authority in the field that they seek to investigate in, and must be objective and unbiased,” he noted.

Roque, who is also the Presidential adviser on human rights, said he would recommend to the President to allow a particular individual rapporteur to look into the killings which resulted from the anti-drug war.

“The effectivity of a special rapporteur depends on their character, their credibility, their trustworthiness,” he said.

The Cabinet official also said he would not recommend the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard to conduct the probe.

Roque earlier hit Callamard for coming to the Philippines last year uninvited, and while negotiations on the invitation required for special rapporteurs to investigate in UN member nations were still pending.

He described Callamard’s unofficial visit to the country as “an act of bad faith.”

“As I have said before, it’s her fault that the home state does not want her in,” Roque said during this Tuesday’s briefing.

He said part of the qualifications of a special rapporteur is to be trustworthy enough so that the UN member nation would consent to the investigation.

“The fact that there is no way that Agnes Callamard can be allowed to investigate in the Philippines proves that she has failed in this regard,” Roque noted.antacid Pasadena program for jeepney drivers and operators, Roque  said.#