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New UN sec-gen faces many big problems

On New Year’s Day, former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres assumed office as secretary-general of the United Nations. He succeeded Ban Ki-Moon of South Korea as head of the UN Secretariat, a position first occupied by Trygvie Lie of Norway.

The proposed United Nations inquiry on possible human rights violations in the Philippines has suffered a setback after UN Repporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, and Arbitrary Executions Agnes Callamard rejected some conditions reportedly being set by the Philippine government.

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PH invites UN team

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The Philippine government has formally invited the United Nations (UN) to probe the drug-related killings in the country but asked the world body to look into the deaths of law enforcers too.

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Sen. Leila M. de Lima yesterday questioned the Duterte administration’s move to limit the movements of the 18-man team of the United Nations Special Rapporteur that would visit the Philippines to investigate the alleged extra judicial killings.

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Malacañang said yesterday that the government did not invite the United Nations or any body to investigate the sharp rise in the number of people killed in President Duterte’s war on drugs.

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President Duterte does not tolerate extrajudicial killings of drug suspects and has already ordered an investigation into these incidents, Malacañang assured the United Nations yesterday.

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