Manila slams United Nations rights chief

Posted March 15, 2018

"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", it added.

"I don't think he's in a position to do it (throw United Nations envoys to crocodiles)". They are coming here.

He said the President could not be blamed for his latest pronouncement, since UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's previous remark that Duterte undergo "psychiatric evaluation" was insulting.

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.

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"These human rights [people] are dumb", Duterte added.

"If you answer their questions, it will be freewheeling, it is recorded", he said. Do you have crocodiles here, the ones that really eat humans?

The decision marks an about-face by Mr Duterte, who initially welcomed a preliminary ICC examination announced last month into a complaint, filed by a Philippine lawyer, that accuses him and top officials of crimes against humanity, committed during a war on drugs that has killed thousands of people. "These attacks can not go unanswered, the United Nations".

Prior to Zeid's advice to Duterte to undergo psychiatric examination, the United Nations human rights chief expressed dismay over the President's order to the PNP not to cooperate with the United Nations special rapporteur who will investigate the crackdown on illicit drugs trade in the Philippines.

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"This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable".

"I therefore declare and forthwith give notice... that the Philippines is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute effective immediately", Duterte said in a statement.

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

Asked if there is a possibility that Zeid's remark might prompt Duterte to thwart the UN's impending investigation, Roque said the Palace would just await the result of the communications between Guterres and Cayetano.

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While official government data show at least 4,000 deaths in police anti-drug operations since July 2016, human rights groups such as the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) estimate that up to 12,000 people may have fallen victim to Duterte's policies.