Duterte extremely irresponsible – UN experts


GENEVA: UN rights experts on Monday urged President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to stop instigating deadly violence, especially against journalists, slamming his comments as dangerously irresponsible.

UN expert on summary executions Christof Heyns described recent remarks by Duterte as “irresponsible in the extreme, and unbecoming of any leader.”

Duterte, 71, who won the presidential election last month, on Saturday urged the public to join his ruthless anti-crime campaign, offering people huge bounties for killing drug dealers.

He also last week said there was justification for killing journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities, touching off fears this could incite more murders of media workers.

“A message of this nature amounts to incitement to violence and killing, in a nation already ranked as the second-deadliest country for journalists,” Heyns warned in a statement.

One hundred and seventy-four journalists have been murdered in the Philippines since 1986.

The UN independent expert on freedom of expression, David Kaye, also voiced alarm at Duterte’s comments.

“Justifying the killing of journalists on the basis of how they conduct their professional activities can be understood as a permissive signal to potential killers that the murder of journalists is acceptable in certain circumstances and would not be punished,” he said in the statement.

“This position is even more disturbing when one considers that the Philippines is still struggling to ensure accountability to notorious cases of violence against journalists,” he added.

He pointed especially to the massacre in Maguindanao in November 2009, in which the son of a political warlord and his bodyguards gunned down 58 people, including 32 journalists — making it one of the world’s deadliest attacks on media workers.

Kaye also slammed Duterte’s warning to journalists that he could not guarantee their safety “if you disrespect a person.”

“Such provocative messages indicate to any person who is displeased by the work of a journalist or an activist, for example, that they can attack or kill them without fear of sanction,” he said.

Duterte may not take the experts’ concerns to heart: Last week he launched a seemingly unprovoked profanity-laced attack on the UN, after facing criticism from foreign and local medial groups.

“Fuck you UN… Shut up all of you,” he told a news conference Thursday night.

But a political analyst said Duterte does not have ill intentions against the members of the media and his statement regarding the media killings should not be misinterpreted.

Professor Ramon Casiple, Executive Director of the Institute For Political and Electoral Reform, said Duterte never said that he is willing to kill newsmen or will tolerate media killings.

“He was just saying that there are some members of the media who were killed not because they are doing their job,” Casiple explained.

“Ang sinabi lang niya may kilala siyang newsmen na corrupt (He just said that he knew some mediamen who are corrupt). He is just describing the situation from his point of view,” Casiple added.

The Manila-based media should not also be faulted for taking the statement of an incoming president seriously, he said.

“Both sides should come into an understanding and I think it will come in due time,” he added.



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  1. I think Pinoy Panot is more imatured and irresponsible…..Compared to Rodgrigo Duterte a responsible man, matured and a lot of experience in governing his city now the entire Filipino Nation……….Let see after June 30 2016 he is not yet even in command the media has many negative response………….That is the paid journalist the poison pills in our society.

  2. there you are again media in the Philippines.You simply cannot accept the facts/ truths of what Mayor Duterte speaks about you.He is merely referring to irresponsible media in the Phil. at pinalaki nyo ang issue. Pilit pa ninyong pinapaabot to other international media.Of course they are aboslutely different from you-Philippine mediamen..From the start of campaign naging bias nman talaga kayo- how would you expect Mayor Duterte to react? matuwa?

  3. Angelina Ang on

    allergic na nga si duterte sa press conference dahil sa mga mali-mali niyang mga pahayag, kaya, less talks less mistakes na lang

  4. It is very hard to comment on Dutertes expose. Duterte is definitely not an ordinary president. In fact, he is the only president in the world to act and speak like this. In my opinion, we must see the accomplishments of the Dutertes administration. His term starts June 30. Remember, Pnoy is still our president.

  5. Tama lang talaga ang sinabing “shut up”… at this time in our country’s politics we don’t need foreigners fueling divisive sentiments… even if they are from the UN…

  6. Cristy Gallano on

    Since this guy is a UN expert, he should have observed (scientifically) that violence is everywhere in the world, even in the absence of “inciting to violence” by the President of the Philippines. His remark calling the president of a country as “irresponsible” – Is an act being extremely irresponsible himself – inciting emotional violence among ordinary citizens. Gone are the days when any long nose can make puppets of any country’s leaders.

  7. chromaticfrog on

    “extremely irresponsible,” says the geopolitical organization that failed, again and again, to do its job — which is to prevent and stop violent worldwide conflicts.

    thanks for doing absolutely nothing, UN. again.

  8. Kapag ang metro-Manila media at ang international media ay gumaya sa media ngDavao city na maunawain at mababait at tango-ng-tango kay Du30…. ayan ang hinihintay ni D30. Show nga naman some obeisance and kneel!!!