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DAVAO CITY – The camp of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte yesterday claimed the statement of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on media killings was based on “incorrect” reports as it assured the public that human rights would be respected under his administration.
Spokesman Salvador Panelo said it was unfortunate that the UN chief was fed with incorrect information on the supposed statement of Duterte on media killings.
“It was unfortunate. Obviously the UN secretary-general believed the incorrect news reports that gave rise to such wrong perception,” Panelo said.
The UN chief on Thursday said he was “extremely disturbed” by the recent remarks of Duterte, who noted that some slain journalists had received bribes or were involved in dubious transactions.
Ban said he “unequivocally condemns” Duterte’s “apparent endorsement” of extrajudicial killing, which he described as “a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms.”
Panelo though stressed Ban’s statements were based on the wrong perception that Duterte encourages the killing of journalists and lawless violence.
“Obviously the UN secretary-general believed the incorrect news reports that gave rise to such wrong perception,” he said.
Panelo said the Bill of Rights under the 1987 Constitution “shall be in full bloom” under Duterte’s presidency.
– With Edith Regalado