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UN special rapporteur mum on Duterte invitation? Did they lose confidence ~Share

Once upon a time, the rapporteur was barking like a noisy puppy. Then Duterte growled like a lion, low and behold, suddenly there was silence.

It is both strange and amusing that as of November 8, 2016, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings has not yet responded to President Rodrigo Duterte's invitation to come to the country.

According to DFA Assistant Secretary Charles Jose, the agency spokesperson, said the invitation was sent to UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard and was received by the UN Office of the Commission on Human Rights on October 24.

"The special rapporteur has not responded to the invitation itself and much less specifically the request of the president in the terms of reference," Jose said in a press briefing.

In his invitation, Duterte specifically indicated that Callamard's public presentation of her investigation on the Philippines should be made in the presence of the president.

Duterte also requested to be allowed to publicly ask questions to the special rapporteur on the reports and for him to present additional information for clarifications.

"They have made some conclusion on the allegations that there are ongoing EJKs based on media reports so this is something that we didn't find acceptable so the president issued the invitation subject to the specific conditions," the DFA official said.

Jose clarified that the president made such conditions to make sure that there is fairness and that the presentation in public would be done after the investigation.