‘Phl not obliged to respond to UN rights letters’
The government is under no obligation to respond to every communication sent by the United Nations, senators said yesterday.
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said the complaint raised by the UN human rights body is best left to the executive branch to address.
“I’m sure responding promptly is part of international good practice and etiquette but I’m also sure that no sovereign country can be forced to reply to a letter from the UN,” Pimentel said in a text message.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III bristled at the UN Human Rights-Asia’s complaint.
He said the Philippines does not have to react since the UN body is often misinformed.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, said he himself got the same treatment from other human rights bodies, including Amnesty International.
“For reasons only known to them, they have likewise ignored my letter several months ago asking for some details of their supposed findings or results of their fact-finding investigation on the alleged violations of human rights by our law enforcement agencies in relation to the anti-drug campaign under the Duterte administration,” Lacson said.
He said their response would have been useful so the committee can effectively exercise oversight over the police and be able to craft related legislation.