Statement of PCO Secretary Martin Andanar on the supposed visit of UN Rapporteur

Though there is no formal invitation, the Duterte administration welcomes the United Nations Rapporteur on Human Rights to come over and look into the alleged human rights concerns - a clear manifestation that this administration has nothing to hide before the international community

The all-out war against illegal drugs being waged by law enforcement is a war for national survival. The drug menace has permeated the length and breadth of the country, threatening to destroy the very fabric of our society. We know that widespread drug use not only leads to other crimes, it can also turn the country into a narco state where lawlessness prevails and can set back our efforts at achieving inclusive economic growth.

But although the Philippine government welcomes any UN observer and will listen to what they have to say, they should also listen to what we have to say, both in the spirit of mutual respect and out of genuine recognition of our status as a sovereign nation.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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