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

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

There was no basis for the charge of terrorism, said Mr Sison, who was a mentor of Mr Duterte when he was at university, although the two are now bitter rivals.

"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. It's being treated as a diplomatic affront. Earlier this month, Duterte instructed the armed police units not to cooperate with United Nations special rapporteur on extra-judicial killings, Agnes Callamard, amid the ongoing ICC probe.

The President made the stern warning, as he also reiterated his order to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to remain silent, if they are asked about the supposed human rights violations linked to his anti-narcotics drive. And that is for a reason (that is) legal. "My God, you fools, if you are investigating us, the rule in criminal law is any statement or answer that you may give might incriminate you", Duterte said.

"So these stupid (members of the UN) will go here".

"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, 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", he said. Are there crocodiles here that eat people?

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said: "The Philippines takes grave exception to the irresponsible and disrespectful comments of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that cast untoward aspersions regarding the President of the Republic of the Philippines".

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"As I said, the communications [between Guterres and Cayetano] are ongoing".

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

Lu was asked by the media to comment on United Nations high commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comment on Duterte.

CHINA leapt to the defence of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, saying that "anyone without bias" can see the "positive efforts" and "achievements" of the Duterte administration.

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

Manila hit back at Zeid's comments on Saturday, noting that Tauli-Corpuz was included on the list not because of her position as Special Rapporteur but because of her alleged links with the Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Committee (ICRC) of the CPP-NPA.

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