French Embassy Fact Checks Duterte, Corrects Erroneous Statement on France’s Legal System

Administration officials had to walk back a statement of President Rodrigo Duterte against United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard after the president made erroneous remarks about the French legal system. In an expletive-laden speech, Duterte claimed that in the rapporteur’s native France, a suspect is presumed guilty and has the burden of having to prove his innocence. This led to a rare statement from the French embassy that belied Duterte’s statement. A spokesperson later tried to spin the issue by…

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