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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Atty. Roque: Duterte is not a human rights violator


Kabayan Party-list Rep and incoming Presidentail Spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte is not a human rights violator.


On Sunday, October 29, in an interview of DWIZ to Atty. Roque, he was asked how he would balance his being a human rights advocate and being a spokesperson of a President who is a "perceived human rights violator."

"Well kasi po hindi ako naniniwala na human rights violator siya,” Roque answered.

"Dahil ang kaniyang polisiya naman ay malinaw noong pinatay si Kian (Delos Santos) ano. Ang sabi niya, ‘Ang mga pulis kapag legal ang kanilang engagement sagot ko sila, pero kapag illegal ang engagement nila at walang… nanlaban and yet pumatay sila, and that is murder ‘no,” he added.


Atty. Roque was referring to the 17-year-old alleged drug pusher who was killed by cops in Caloocan City during a drug operation.

Roque also said that his colleagues in the human rights movement told him not to accept the position.

"Eh bakit hindi ko tatanggapin eh ito na nga iyong pagkakataon na mai-sigurado na iyong obligasyon ng estado kapag ito ay hindi naitaguyod ang karapatang mabuhay ay dapat talagang magampanan ‘no, unang-una,” he said.


"Pangalawa… Malinaw na malinaw po sa akin na ang patayan bagama’t ito ay nangyayari. Hindi po ito dahil sa pagkakautos ng Presidente at kinakailangan lamang ni Presidente ng tulong ‘no para itaguyod iyong ating obligasyon na imbestigahan, litisin, parusahan ang mga pumapatay sa lipunan,” he added

"At ito naman ay napakatagal ko ng ginagawa ‘no lalong lalo na doon sa mga pumapatay ng ating mga mamamahayag,” Roque said.

Duterte announced the appointment of Roque during the latter's birthday dinner in Davao City.


"To get the message clear, sabi ko, Harry will fit the…kasi medyo malikot ang bunganga namin,” Duterte said.

Roque would be replacing Undersecretary Ernesto Abella effective November 6.

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Source: Inquirer
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