Rivera Slams UN Rapporteur Callamard: Your Kind Of Meddling Is The Reason Why Terrorists Are Born

"They are many ways to skin a cat but there is only one way to create a terrorist. And the west has been successful at that."
Bruce Rivera and Agnes Callamard
Composite Photos from Bruce Rivera/Facebook and UNMultimedia.org
Prominent lawyer and an avid supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte slammed UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard, telling "her kind of meddling is the reason why terrorists are born."

In a Facebook post with more than 2,500 different reactions from his followers, Rivera said:

Dear Agnes Callamerd,

I mean this with no disrespect but your kind of meddling is the reason why terrorists are born. You come from a Western perspective and insist on the western concept of morality, values and freedoms. And if we do not follow you, you tell us it is wrong.

But we are NOT the WEST. And we no longer want to be like you. We are Asians and we have our own way of getting things done. We have rights but we also believe in discipline. Our morality does not always involve organized religion. And our concept of public welfare involves listening to the voice of the majority and not just to the first one who whispers it to your ear.

And most important, our concept of independence does not involve always listening to what you have to say especially when situations are not the same.

Decades ago, many people criticized Lee Kwan Yew in the same manner Duterte is being lectured by you now. But Yew insisted on the Asian way. And it also worked.

They are many ways to skin a cat but there is only one way to create a terrorist. And the west has been successful at that.

Ergo, you do not know shit of our problems so stop telling us what to do.
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Callamard was spotted at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday, May 4.

In a speech Thursday afternoon in Davao City in front of doctors, President Duterte said the reason why Callamard is here is to investigate extrajudicial killings.

Palace also gave their statement on Callamard's surprised visit to the Philippines.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said they are disappointed because Callamard did not contact the government in advance of her visit which has sent a clear signal that she is not interested in getting an objective perspective on the issues that are the focus of her responsibility.

We are aware that Dr. Callamard is currently in the Philippines and we are disappointed that, in not contacting our government in advance of this visit, she has sent a clear signal that she is not interested in getting an objective perspective on the issues that are the focus of her responsibility.

Her actions since then, and the circumstances surrounding her current visit, have made it clear that Dr. Callamard is not approaching her assignment professionally or objectively. This is a matter we have asked our representatives at the United Nations to take up with their United Nations counterparts and it is something our delegation in Geneva will certainly be raising during their current visit.

Our commitment to carrying out the President’s social justice agenda remains as strong as our commitment to ensuring that our nation is freed from the damage done daily to millions of our people by the proliferation of illegal drugs throughout our country. The goals associated with these commitments are complementary and the efforts to achieve them are being carried out in a manner that respects our laws.