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Philippine President Duterte: Human Rights Investigators Should Be Fed to Crocodiles

Philippine President Duterte: Human Rights Investigators Should Be Fed to Crocodiles

Malacañang yesterday said that special rapporteurs are still welcome to come and investigate the Philippines as long as they will be neutral.

"When it comes to human rights, or whoever rapporteur it is, my order to you: Do not answer".

"He is serving as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is still an worldwide organization, composed of states and heads of states are not accorded that kind of a language", Roque said of the UN official. "These attacks can not go unanswered", Zeid said Friday.

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". "This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable", he added.

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.

Duterte has always been the target of global criticism over his war on drugs, which has resulted in numerous extrajudicial killings.

The Philippines welcomed a United Nations investigation into Duterte's signature war on drugs but objected to Callamard leading it, saying she was biased and not qualified.

"The [Philippine] Government has a duty to uphold human rights and to engage with persons appointed by this Council", Zeid said.

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"Rather than attacking human rights bodies and human rights defenders, we urge the government to display honest commitment to transparency and the rule of law by allowing unhampered investigations to take place", the commission said.

Zeid also said he deplored the continued vilification of United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard and Duterte's order to Philippine soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in their genitals. "Can I not protect my country by killing people and destroying apparatus?" he asked.

Philippine foreign minister Alan Peter Cayetano hit back on Saturday at a United Nations official for "irresponsible and disrespectful" comments about President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday.

Zeid also slammed the inclusion of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN special rapporteur, on a government list of some 600 people it wants to be deemed "terrorists".

"The UN Human Rights Council must take a position".

Aside from members and alleged members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA), the list also includes several human rights workers such as Corpuz, Karapatan national executive committee member Elisa Tita Lubi, and Jose Molintas, former Asia representative to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), among others. "Throw those sons of bitches to them", he sneered.

Ms Tauli-Corpuz denounced the Government, calling the complaint "baseless, malicious and irresponsible".


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