China asks United Nations, global community to respect PH sovereignty

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

Defending the Filipino leader, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made "positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people's livelihood, which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people's fundamental rights to security and development".

"Relevant sides of the worldwide community, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, shall respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people", Lu said during the regular press briefing Monday.

His comments drew criticism from presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who slammed Al Hussein for his "crude language".

"Instead of attacking the messenger, states and other stakeholders should engage and address the human rights concerns raised by mandate-holders", he said in Geneva.

"If you answer their questions, it will be freewheeling, it is recorded", he continued. "I take full responsibility", Duterte said. Are there crocodiles here that eat people? "That is provided for in the Constitution itself", the President said. "Throw those b****** [there]", he added.

"The Philippines take grave exception to the irresponsible and disrespectful comments of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that cast untoward aspersions regarding the President of the Republic of the Philippines".

21 court petition also said that Tauli-Corpuz is a member of the New People's Army, a communist militia which has fought a five-decade rural insurgency.

The Palace remains open to an investigation by the United Nations (UN) despite recent unflattering remarks by one of its high-ranking officials against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's slurs against UN human rights activists suggest he needs to see a psychiatrist, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights told a news conference.

Duterte conceded that human rights investigators would likely be angered by his advice, but he insisted silence in response to their questions is legal under Philippine constitutional law. Duterte has repeatedly lashed out at Callamard for her being biased against his anti-drug campaign.

Roque said the remarks came at an inappropriate time, considering that talks on a possible investigation by the UN is being discussed by the Foreign Affairs Department and the UN Secretary General.

"[But] we have made our position clear on the matter of special rapporteurs".

"We welcome special rapporteurs provided they be impartial, neutral and willing to investigate, rather than those already having conclusions and wanting to justify them through an investigation", Roque said.