Bersamin joins Malacañang chorus rejecting UN probe
Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Friday expressed belief that a United Nations-led investigation into the country’s human rights situation was no longer necessary.
Bersamin issued the statement when reporters covering the launching of the Supreme Court mobile application asked him his reaction on the United Nation Human Rights Council resolution to probe alleged human rights violations in the country.
“I am a member of the Judiciary and kailangan kong ipilit sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kami nakikitang dapat na manghimasok tiga ibang bansa,” Bersamin said.
Also, he echoed Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s statement that the resolution submitted by Iceland on July 4 to the UNHRC was a minority resolution.
Iceland sponsored a resolution urging the UNHRC to probe the human rights situation in the country.
Recently, 18 UNHRC member states, mostly European nations, voted to adopt Iceland’s resolution. A total of 14 voted no, while 15 abstained.
Human rights activists said that at least 27,000 have been killed since President Duterte was elected in 2016.