News Release

Palace willing to cooperate with human rights investigators

Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte — Malacanang on Saturday, March 3, expressed willingness to cooperate with human rights investigators.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this announcement to explain the Palace stance in case there is a UN probe which asks for the participation of the police in a press briefing held in the Sangguniang Bayan Building here in Zamboanga del Norte.

“…(D)ahil sa tingin niya (Presidente) ay gustong pumasok ng mga UN rapporteur ay yung mga biased at mayroon ng konklusyon bago pa magkaroon ng imbestigasyon. Bakit ka nga naman makikipagtulungan sa isang rapporteur na mayroon na siyang konklusyon at kinakailangan na lang niya ay ilang bagay para masuportahan ang kanyang konklusyon,” Roque said.

Secretary Roque further said that government cooperation would be extended to those who have no conclusion and simply wanted to know the facts in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“Makikipagtulungan lang po tayo doon sa mga taong wala pang konklusyon at mayroon pong katapatan na talagang mag-imbestiga para magkaroon ng konklusyon,” Roque stressed.

The President’s spokesperson added that the deaths in the current drug war were results of legitimate police operations, and if there were unlawful deaths, such as in the case of Kian de los Santos, the President would order their (police) punishment.

In the same press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Roque announced that Zamboanga City will soon have a modern, first-class international airport.

Roque mentioned that there is now an ongoing feasibility study with a team of engineers visiting Zamboanga City to conduct an environmental and social impact study of the airport project.

The current Zamboanga airport is included in the top ten busiest airports in the Philippines for 2017 with 8,870 aircraft movements, 1 million passenger movements and 13 million cargo movements, according to the figures of the Department of Tourism. ### PCO-Content