United Nations rapporteur Dr. Agnes Callamard has yet to receive the formal letter of invitation not investigate the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. However, she said that she welcomes the media reports about the invite.
On October 12, Philippine time, Callamard posted on Twitter her response about the said invitation.
“Welcome media report on invitation to visit #Philippines to investigate #EJE. Waiting for the letter and confirmation by official channels,” Callamard posted on Twitter.
— Dr Agnes Callamard (@AgnesCallamard) October 12, 2016
It was on Wednesday, October 12, when Malacañang spokesperson Ernesto Abella announced that a formal invitation has been forward to Callamard. The letter is written by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
The letter by MediaIdea, dated September 26, stated that Callamard can visit the Philippines to “see for yourself whether or not the criticisms are legally and factually sound.”
“We are confident that whatever reports, papers or data you may have been furnished with you for your perusal and consideration by your immediate predecessor have not swayed you into prejudging the situation in the Philippines,” Medialdea stated in his invitation letter to the UN official.
“We certainly expect your good self to take a fresh look at the Philippine situation in the light of the drug problem that bedevils our country and have been proven to be more widespread than initially thought,” he added.
The invitation also states the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte would also question the rapporteur, who, in turn, would be put under oath.
Meanwhile, on her letter to GMA News Online, Callamard stated that she is assuming that the invitation includes “essential guarantees (freedom of inquiry and movement, and non-retaliation)”. She also hopes that this would enable “engagement with the authorities and other key actors and stakeholders concerned with the recent wave of alleged extra-judicial executions.”
Callamard is a special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings.
Meanwhile, netizens have replied to Callamard’s tweet about the matter. Some of the replies are seen in the screenshot below.