Palace still open to probe despite UN High Commissioner's remarks vs Duterte

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

Tauli-Corpuz believes she is being targeted because of her UN work defending the rights of minority indigenous groups around the world, including in the Philippines.

Taking into consideration that France and also the United Kingdom "have a limited use of (veto) rights", Zeit Ra'ad Al Hussein proposed to the People's Republic of China, Russia and also the United States to "put an end to the pernicious recourse of the veto".

"The accusation against her comes after the public comments made, jointly with other Special Rapporteurs, in relation to the militarization, attacks and killings of indigenous Lumad peoples by members of the armed forces in Mindanao; this accusation is considered as an act of retaliation for such comments", the experts said.

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday lauded the Chinese Foreign Ministry after its spokesman defended President Rodrigo Duterte from the strong words of the United Nations (UN) high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. "It is straight out of the bag off tricks of the past regimes, like the dictator Marcos and the hated Macapagal-Arroyo regimes that also tried and failed to suppress and eliminate their principled and organized critics and the opposition", Zarate said.

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. The petition specifically named the top 18 leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines. "These attacks cannot go unanswered, the U.N. Human Rights Council must take a position".

However, he made it clear his instructions to remain silent were motivated by contempt for the investigators and the authorities they represent.

This article has been published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He also threatened, in jest, to feed UN investigators to crocodiles.

"That's why I said: 'Leave it to me.' If these fools come here-are there crocodiles here?"

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.

"Duterte is engaged in a wild anti-communist witch hunt under the guise of anti-terrorism", he said.

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