DFA: Duterte to invite U.N. Human Rights Council for PH visit 

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said President Rodrigo Duterte is all set to issue a formal invitation for the United Nations (U.N.) Human Rights Council to visit the Philippines.

In a text message to CNN Philippines, DFA Spokesperson Charles Jose said Duterte "has instructed the ES (Executive Secretary)" to prepare for the release of the formal invitation.

Duterte earlier said the U.N. is free to visit and probe the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

The President announced Thursday that he is inviting rapporteurs from the U.N. and the European Union (E.U.) to come to the Philippines and investigate extrajudicial killings.

On Friday, Communications Sec. Martin Andanar said, amid the absence of a formal invitation, the Duterte administration "welcomes" the possible visit from the U.N. rapporteur, "a clear manifestation that this administration has nothing to hide before the international community."

"But although the Philippine government welcomes any UN observer and will listen to what they have to say, they should also listen to what we have to say, both in the spirit of mutual respect and out of genuine recognition of our status as a sovereign nation," Andanar added.

Meanwhile, a U.N. committee will look into the Philippines' implementation of economic, social, and cultural rights from Sep. 28 to 29 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Philippines will present its 5th and 6th Periodic Reports to 18 human rights experts from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

"The Periodic Reports is a U.N. mechanism for the Committee, which is composed of 18 independent human rights experts, to conduct constructive dialogue and engagement with states in reviewing the implementation of the Covenant by the states. The review will take place in Geneva.

In a statement, the U.N. committee said the Philippines is "required to undergo regular review" as the country is one of the 164 states that have ratified the ICESCR.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Rex Remitio and Digital Producer Arra Perez contributed to this report.