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Duterte to UN rapporteurs: ‘Go home and get some sleep’

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday shot back at United Nations experts who condemned his recent statement suggesting that corrupt journalists deserve to be killed.

In a statement released through lawyer Salvador Panelo, Duterte said Special Rapporteur on summary executions Cristof Heyns and Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye anchored their positions on the "wrong premise."
"Go home and get some sleep. You are overworked and sound beat. Your statement is anchored on the wrong premise," Duterte said.
"I never said that killing journalists is justified because they are involved in corruption. What I said is that you don't have to be a journalist to be the subject of an assassination."
He added that the "noble vocation of journalism does not apply to extortionists and criminals" that allegey take sides, accept bribes and "renege on their commitments."
"By chance, do they know the rule on fair play and the right to be heard? It seems to me you are more adept at fumigation, sometimes aka (also known as) as foul or idiocy," Duterte said.
In a series of press conferences last week, Duterte said most journalists in the country are killed because of their corrupt activities, suggesting that victims were partly to blame for their fate.
The UN experts raised alarm over Duterte's stand, saying this may instigate deay attacks against journalists by people offended by their works.
They said Duterte's statements on media killings are "irresponsible" and "extreme."
Duterte, however, clarified that he does not condone nor tolerate killing of journalists regaress of the motive of the killers or the reason for their killing.
"My duty as President is to uphold and enforce the law and I will pursue and prosecute these killers to the hilt in accordance with law, and i will be - as I have been - protective of the rights of journalists, and for that matter of any citizen, of the Republic," he said.
The Philippines ranked fourth in the world in terms of impunity in the killing of journalists, based on a study released last year by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
CPJ's Impunity Index calculates the number of unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population.

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