China defends Duterte from United Nations exec's psych evaluation remark

China defends Duterte from United Nations exec's psych evaluation remark

Duterte won a landslide victory, partly thanks to his strident anti-drug rhetoric, and has long said the Philippines faces a narcotics trafficking and addiction crisis.

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".

According to Rappler, Lu directly mentioned the positive impacts of Duterte's ongoing crackdown on drugs and drug-related crimes, a movement that has been widely condemned by worldwide rights groups after a reported 4,021 people have been killed in police operations.

"The High Commissioner may not be aware of it but he is being used in a well-orchestrated effort to destabilize a legitimate government that is being undertaken by parties with self-serving agendas and who stand to benefit the most by unseating President Duterte", Foreign Affairs Secretary, Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a statement.

"If you answer their questions, it will be freewheeling, it is recorded", he said.

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

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Sison believes the list and the false accusations were related to Duterte's scheme "to engage in the mass murder of patriots and progressives in the country, to silence all his critics and opposition to his cruel and corrupt regime and in order to realize completely his fascist dictatorship through martial rule and the railroading of a pseudo-federal constitution". In November, the 72-year-old threatened to slap Callamard if she implicates him in the extrajudicial killings. "You are f**king me and I do not want it".

What's the difference between the use of "crude language" by a United Nations (UN) official and a head of state like Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte?

Zeid's comments came after the Philippine justice ministry filed a petition in a Manila court seeking the declaration of more than 600 alleged communist guerillas as "terrorists".

"It (Zeid's remark) did not come at an appropriate time", he said. He stopped doing this just a few months later after he said he was being repeatedly attacked by the New People's Army, claiming in its petition to the court that they are "using acts of terror to sow fear and panic to overthrow the government".

Harry Roque, the presidential spokesman, also said Tauli-Corpuz and another Filipina rapporteur are embarrassing the Duterte administration when they publicly expressed on the possible escalation of militarisation in Mindanao, especially among the "lumad" (indigenous peoples).

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