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Cayetano to UN: Clarify your statements on Duterte

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DAVAO CITY - President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's runningmate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday urged the United Nations to clarify the statements made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon against the Davao mayor's stand on extrajudicial killings.


"The UN should be the ones to clarify their statements because what they said was wrong," Cayetano said.

Cayetano alleged that the information that reached the foreign agencies were incomplete. He also claimed that "there is a disconnect because of culture and language".

"[Duterte] never said that it's okay to kill journalists. He's saying, like ordinary extortionists, some people get killed because of vengeance," Cayetano said.

READ: Duterte: Journalists are killed for being corrupt
Cayetano said it will be beneficial for the UN and other foreign organizations who are monitoring Duterte's pronouncements to get translators and interpreters.

"I advice the UN and other organizations to get people who will explain to them (so that) they will understand the context. We do not have a soundbite president. The president will explain what he means," Cayetano added.

The lawmaker from Taguig also told both local and foreign journalists to adjust to the kind of person the 71-year-old firebrand is.

"We should get used to this kind of president who will not conform to the usual way of speaking just to please people," Cayetano said.

He said the media should not blow the issue out of proportion and stop making Duterte appear to be a "monster president".

UN Secretary-General speaks
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Duterte's apparent support of extrajudicial killings, voicing particular concern over his comments seen as justifying murdering journalists.

READ: UN chief's statement on Duterte, extrajudicial killings
"I unequivocally condemn his apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killings, which is illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms," Ban said in a statement posted on the UN website.

"Such comments are of particular concern in light of on-going impunity for serious cases of violence against journalists in the Philippines," the statement quoted Ban as telling UN correspondents at a New York reception on Wednesday.

Duterte won last month's elections by a landslide largely due to a law-and-order platform in which he pledged to end crime within six months by killing suspected criminals.

He has since offered large bounties to security forces as well as the general public to kill drug traffickers.

"If they are there in your neighborhood, feel free to call us, the police or do it yourself if you have (a) gun. You have my support," he told a weekend rally in his southern hometown of Davao city.
Duterte also told reporters last week that journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities deserved to die.

"Just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you're a son of a bitch," he added.

Two other independent experts of the United Nations earlier urged Duterte to stop inciting deay violence following his statements on media killings.


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