No occasion to push UN experts to crocodiles — Roque

No occasion to push UN experts to crocodiles — Roque”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang's praise of Duterte comes after comments from the United Nations rights chief calling his behaviour "disgraceful" and questioning the president's mental stability.

Following the inclusion of a UN special rapporteur on a terrorist watchlist released by the Philippine Supreme Court, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Duterte's behaviour "absolutely disgraceful" and said he needed to submit himself for "psychiatric evaluation".

Satur Ocampo, Catholic priest Frank Fernandez, Ilocos environmental activist Sherwin de Vera, and United Nations special rapporteur for the rights of indigenous people Victoria Tauli-Corpuz were also named in the complaint.

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".

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

"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. "This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable", he added. "Therefore, the Government of the Philippines has a duty under the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders to guarantee her right to promote and to strive for the realization of human rights". "I take full responsibility", Mr Duterte said.

"The attack against the Special Rapporteur is taking place in the context of widespread extrajudicial executions and ongoing attacks against voices who are critical of the current Government, including human rights defenders". She has received foreign support for her outspokenness about several unsolved murders of indigenous leaders involved in environmental or land issues in the Philippines.

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.

Carlos Conde, a researcher with the group Human Right Watch said that the petition to the court was basically a hit list.

"Yet, instead of being cowed, our colleagues and the other individuals listed in the DOJ suit should now have to fight back even more vigorously against these increasing tyrannical moves of the present administration". "If you investigate me, I'll slap you", Duterte said at the time, according to Rappler online news website.

Sison dismissed the terrorism charges as baseless, as he underscored that he had already won legal cases for the removal of his name from the European Union (EU) list of terrorists, as well as the dismissal of murder charges fabricated against him by the Arroyo regime.

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