Roque to UN rights chief - Labeling Of Duterte As A ‘killer’ Not Fair
According to Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque, the international community has “unfairly” prejudge Duterte’s administration, following United Nation (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein’s labelling President Rodrigo Duterte as a killer.
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“The judgment the Philippine government receives from the international community has not been fair or productive. Does the UN still expect to be welcomed to investigate the facts on the ground when the High Commissioner has made statements that appear to prejudge the scenario?” Roque said.
“While I appreciate the concern of Commissioner al-Hussein, I am not certain if such a statement is timely or consistent with the generally accepted principles of law. It is well recognized that one of the most fundamental principles of criminal law is the presumption of innocence, which provides that one must be considered innocent unless proven guilty,” he added.
Recently, President Duterte admitted several times that he killed criminals and this was led to friction him with human rights groups.
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