China defends Duterte's commitment to 'fundamental rights' after United Nations criticism

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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.

This was the call made by China as it urged the global 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".

Instead of criticizing the Philippine government, its fight against illegal drugs and terrorism should be viewed in a "comprehensive, unbiased and objective way, and support its efforts to move forward its human rights cause in light of its national conditions".

"Relevant sides of the global 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.

Zeid said that Duterte needs to undergo a psychiatric check after which Duterte said that he will feed United Nations special rapporteurs to crocodiles.

"Duterte is engaged in a wild anti-communist witch hunt under the guise of anti-terrorism", he said. "You're investigating us, fact finding?"

Duterte's beef with the French UN official has been raging for months. "I take full responsibility". "You are f**king me and I do not want it".

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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.

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". Duterte has repeatedly lashed out at Callamard for her being biased against his anti-drug campaign.

It included Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, who was listed as a senior member of a Maoist rebel group.

"An immediate look at his list of "terrorists" will show that he is running amok in slandering people as 'terrorists.' There are also hundreds of John Does in the list just to intimidate a limitless number of people", he said in a statement. "If indeed Ms. Tauli-Corpuz and the others named in the petition are innocent as they claim they are, they should see this as an opportunity to clear their names and prove in court that they have never been members of or associated with the group", Sec.

That proposal was in turn dismissed as "disrespectful" and "irresponsible" by Philippine Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano, who accused al-Hussein of overstepping his mandate and of insulting the Philippines.

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