PH welcomes neutral United Nations rapporteurs

Psychiatric test? World needs more Dutertes!’ Manila hits back at UN rights chief

Romeo Ranoco Reuters

This was the call made by China as it urged the worldwide community, particularly the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to "respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people, view the outcomes of the Philippines' fight against drug and terrorism in a comprehensive, unbiased and objective way, and support its efforts to move forward its human rights cause in light of its national conditions".

In February, Duterte said that soldiers encountering female NPA members should "shoot them in the vagina" - the latest in a series of remarks that have provoked uproar among political opponents at home and in worldwide organisations such as the United Nations, which has spoken out against the Philippine government's "war on drugs".

His comments drew criticism from presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who slammed Al Hussein for his "crude language". "I take full responsibility", Mr Duterte said.

"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. "I said [to drug syndicates] do not destroy my country, or my city for that matter, because I will kill you".

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"It's an appropriate response to a remark that as I said, should have not been made by a sitting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights", he told a press conference. "Throw those b****** [there]", he added.

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. "Let's see what happens", he said. "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".

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's latest outlandish accusations against United Nations human rights activists show that he needs to be seen by a psychiatrist.

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The UN rights commissioner earlier slammed the Duterte administration for its actions against UN envoys, including reportedly filing terrorism charges against one, saying "it makes one believe that the president of the Philippines needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation".

"It (Zeid's remark) did not come at an appropriate time", he said.

Duterte is under preliminary investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for ordering the police killing of at least 4,000 civilians in less than two years during his supposed "war on drugs".

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