MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Summary or Arbitrary Executions of the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR), is currently in the Philippines attending a number of events and “academic engagements.”
Her presence in the country has been met with criticism because she did not coordinate her travel with the Philippine government which is the usual protocol for someone in her position.
The OHCHR said that Callamard is here not on official mission.
Now, we know the purpose of her trip.
In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Callamard said that she is here to apply for political asylum.
She said she has made the decision to escape the emotional, mental and political persecution she has been experiencing at the UN. “Everything I’ve said about President Duterte, the war on drugs, and the Philipppines has been forced on me and I did it under duress.”
“I can no longer in conscience continue to promote the lies that have been hurled against Duterte by elements out to destablize his administration and take him down from the presidency. I have decided to stop being used for this purpose,” Callamard added.
So there you have it. For those who have been bashing Callamard, take a deep breath. She’s actually one of us!