Philippine President Duterte: Human Rights Investigators Should Be Fed to Crocodiles

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"Relevant sides of the international 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.

Malacañang yesterday said that special rapporteurs are still welcome to come and investigate the Philippines as long as they will be neutral.

"Even the US intelligence agencies now regard Duterte as a threat to democracy and human rights, despite his duplicitous and despicable efforts to keep the overall US hegemony in the Philippines and serve additional foreign masters.

I reiterate the United Nations is an organization consisting of states and as such all UN officials cannot deal with elected leaders of member-nations in a manner that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights did".

"It makes one believe that the president needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination".

Lumad communities have been the victims of Manila's ongoing militarisation that pushes indigenous peoples to leave their ancestral territories and leads to violent clashes between the government's armed forces and the local population.

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".

"The [Philippine] Government has a duty to uphold human rights and to engage with persons appointed by this Council", Zeid said. Duterte's administration remains popular among Philippine citizens, and it has big plans for the country's economy, seeking hefty Chinese investment in infrastructure, some of which could cut through areas where the NPA is active.

"We remind the Philippine Government of its obligations under the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations of 1946, which sets out that United Nations experts have immunity from legal proceedings of every kind of spoken and written acts undertaken in the course of their mandated work", the experts added. In November, the 72-year-old threatened to slap Callamard if she implicates him in the extrajudicial killings.

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

"If the idiots went here... Throw those sons of bitches to them", he sneered.

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. "That is provided for in the Constitution itself, our Constitution", Duterte said.