UN chief condemns Duterte’s ‘endorsement’ of extrajudicial killings

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has ‘unequivocally condemned’ Duterte’s apparent endorsement of ‘extrajudicial killings’
Ban expressed utmost concerns on Duterte’s remarks on media killings
The incoming Philippine president has yet to react to Ban’s statement

MANILA, Philippines – United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for supposedly endorsing ‘extrajudicial killings’, particularly the latter’s latest remarks on killing corrupt journalists. In a statement to UN correspondents at the New York reception on Wednesday, June 8, Ban said he will continue to defend the rights of journalists and ensure that journalists have the freedom to work.

“I am extremely disturbed by recent remarks by the President-elect of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte,” Ban said in the statement which was posted on UN website. “I unequivocally condemn his apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killing, which is illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms.”

In a press conference last week, Duterte blamed the killing of journalists to the corruption in media. When asked about his administration’s policy on media killings, Duterte said journalists often accept money to take sides and cited the case of Davao City radio broadcaster Jun Pala who was killed back in 2003.

“I don’t want to demean his memory but he was a rotten son of a bitch. He deserved it,” the incoming President was quoted as saying.

It was this remarks that caught the attention of the international press and, apparently, has now reached the United Nations’ office, as well; drawing criticisms from both.

Ban, who cited the efforts of the United Nations in freeing detained journalists in some other parts of the world, took a swipe at Duterte’s controversial pronouncement on media.

“Such comments are of particular concern in light of on-going impunity for serious cases of violence against journalists in the Philippines,” Ban said.

“I will also continue to stand up for the rights of journalists and their defenders to be represented here at the United Nations,” the UN leader added in the statement.

Before Ban’s criticism of Duterte, the incoming president has already spewed out a mouthful against the UN whom he told to shut up and stop criticizing him in public.

“Fuck you UN, you can’t even solve the Middle East carnage… couldn’t even lift a finger in Africa… shut up all of you,” the acid-tongued former Davao City mayor said earlier.

Meanwhile, the camp of the incoming president has yet to react to the UN chief’s latest statement against him.
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