Duterte on UN rights probe: State your purpose first

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President Rodrigo Duterte (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12) — President Rodrigo Duterte, in a slight shift from his previous combative stance, on Thursday said he may consider allowing the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the human rights situation in the country.

“Let them state their purpose and I will review. Kung dagdag lang sila sa intriga [If they'll just add to the intrigue], they better go to the media. And the media will tell them the truth," he told reporters Thursday in Malacanang.

Eighteen members of the 47-strong council voted in favor of a resolution calling for a probe into the human rights situation in the Philippines during their 38th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Fourteen countries voted against the call, including the Philippines, while 15 abstained.

Malacañang had previously rejected efforts by foreign entities to investigate alleged human rights abuses in the Philippines, adding that no government office will assist such investigations.

After the voting in the U.N., the Philippine National Police said it will follow instructions from higher authorities.

"The PNP will submit to the better judgment and wisdom of higher authorities," PNP said in a statement. "Matters involving foreign affairs and diplomatic policy are beyond the authority of the police to tread on."

Earlier, the police deemed investigations by foreign entities "unnecessary."

READ: UN council adopts resolution calling for probe into PH human rights situation