Malacañang invites UN to probe drug-related killings

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Philippine government has just given the United Nations (UN) the green light to investigate killings related to the illegal drug trade.

Malacañang confirmed on Wednesday, it is inviting the UN "to investigate deaths linked to the war on drugs" in the country. The letter was sent on September 26.

"Executive Secretary Medialdea said the Palace has sent its invitation to UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard and is awaiting her response."

In the invitation, Abella said the Philippine government also urged the UN to include in their investigation the killings of law enforcers by drug suspects to gain an "objective perspective" on the country's drug problem.



Since President Rodrigo Duterte took his oath, more than 3,000 people have been reported killed — supposedly in the government's war on drugs.

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According to the Philippine National Police, 1,390 suspected drug personalities who violently resisted arrest were killed in police operations. While 2,007 are classified as "deaths under investigation" or those believed to be vigilante killings.

President Duterte had criticized the UN and other world leaders for publicly speaking out against these killings, saying they should have instead coursed their complaints through proper diplomatic channels.

Invitation welcomed

In a statement, UN Rapporteur  Agnes Callamard said she welcomes reports on Malacañang's official invitation to visit the Philippines and investigate extra-judicial executions.

Callamard, however, said she is awaiting confirmation through official channels.

"I am waiting for a  confirmation through official channels and for the letter, which I have not yet received," Callamard said.

"I welcome the invitation from the government assuming this includes essential guarantees (freedom of inquiry and movement, and non-retaliation), and enables engagement with the authorities and other key actors and stakeholders concerned with the recent wave of alleged extra-judicial executions."

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong contributed to this report.

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