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Chinese official defends Duterte vs UN rights chief

President Rodrigo Duterte President Rodrigo Duterte
Orlondo Matamoros | Marcha 13, 2018, 19:07

The UN Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Philippine national, has been accused of terrorism by her government for her work on the rights of indigenous peoples.

"We call on the Philippine authorities to immediately drop these unfounded accusations against Ms. Tauli-Corpuz and to ensure her physical safety and that of others listed", the UN experts said.

Duterte's drug war, along with his efforts to develop the Philippines' economy, fight terrorism and improve people's livelihoods have all "effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people's fundamental rights to security and development", Lu said.

Carlos Conde, a researcher with the group Human Right Watch said that the petition to the court was basically a hit list.

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. "It is straight out of the bag off tricks of the past regimes, like the dictator Marcos and the hated Macapagal-Arroyo regimes that also tried and failed to suppress and eliminate their principled and organized critics and the opposition", Zarate said. "So the best way is to just keep silent".

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has sought the declaration of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its armed wing, New People's Army (NPA), and at least 600 progressives as "terrorists".

"The attack against the Special Rapporteur is taking place in the context of widespread extrajudicial executions and ongoing attacks against voices who are critical of the current Government, including human rights defenders". Earlier this month, Duterte instructed the armed police units not to cooperate with UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial killings, Agnes Callamard, amid the ongoing ICC probe.

"There's a world of difference between a UN official using crude language against a sitting head of state... and the president using any kind of language that he wants on a private individual, especially in this instance when the person using the crude language is himself without a democratic mandate", he pointed out.

"I don't think he's in a position to do it (throw UN envoys to crocodiles)".

Lu was asked by the media to comment on UN high commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comment on Duterte. "If you investigate me, I'll slap you", Duterte said at the time, according to Rappler online news website. The P-DIP is the biggest party in Indonesia's parliament and counts Indonesian President Joko Widodo among its members. The President's spokesperson reacted with hostility to the news release, publicly accusing the Special Rapporteur of seeking to embarrass the Duterte administration. "That is provided for in the Constitution itself, our Constitution", Duterte said. The ones that eat people?