MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – UN Rapporteur Agnes Callamard who visited the Philippines this week for purely academic purposes and not on official mission, said she had nevertheless personally seen evidence of summary killings connected to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Callamard listed all the evidence she personally encountered while in Manila:
- She had dinner with Commission on Human Rights Chair Chito Gascon
- She had a private screening of Leni Robredo’s video message to a UN conference where the Vice President talked about summary killings under Duterte’s war on drugs
- She read archived issues of The Philippine Daily Inquirer
- While in her hotel room, she googled Rappler to review stories about 7,000 plus killed in the war on drugs
- She watched ABS-CBN and GMA News, and occasionally, CNN Philippines 🇵🇭
- She exchanged text messages with Jim Paredes, Cynthia Patag, Leah Navarro, Raissa Robles and Atty. Jesus Falcis
- She had a phone conversation with jailed Senator Leila De Lima
- She had a courtesy call with Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Socrates Villegas.
- Carlos Celdran acted as her tour guide throughout her Manila stay
- She personally witnessed student 👨🎓 and faculty demonstrations against Duterte while on her way to her speaking engagement at the University of the Philippines
Asked if she made an effort to meet with Philippine National Police Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa, Callamard said that she didn’t find it necessary since she already had all the first-hand information she needed to prepare a comprehensive report to the UN.
Meanhile, Callamard categorically denied that she has been hired as a paid consultant of the Liberal Party as recently revealed in Wikipedia.