Rodrigo Duterte has once again harshly lashed out at United Nations human rights officials planning to probe alleged extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs, and claimed full responsibility for the "lawful" actions of law enforcers.
In a more direct statement, he added, "Relevant sides of the worldwide 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 to its human rights cause in light of its national conditions".
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque welcomed Lu's comment, saying "that basically should be the correct stand of all states".
"Instead of attacking the messenger, states and other stakeholders should engage and address the human rights concerns raised by mandate-holders", he said in Geneva.
"If you answer their questions, it will be freewheeling, it is recorded", he said.
Sison, who is also the NDFP chief political consultant, on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte was "engaged in a wild anti-communist witch-hunt under the guise of anti-terrorism". And that is for a reason (that is) legal. Are there crocodiles here that eat people? "That is provided for in the Constitution itself, our Constitution", Duterte said. "Throw those b****** [there]", he added.
"As I said, the communications [between Guterres and Cayetano] are ongoing".
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? "Let's see what happens", he said.
Duterte's response came after Zeid on Friday called on the UN Human Rights Council to take a stand against Duterte's personal vendetta against UN rights officials, who have criticized Manila's war on drugs.
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. "We welcome special rapporteurs, provided they be impartial, neutral and willing to investigate rather than those already having conclusions and wanting to justify them through an investigation".
"It (Zeid's remark) did not come at an appropriate time", he said. After months of threatening to take action, earlier this month the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a preliminary investigation into Duterte's war on drugs, probing potential crimes against humanity.
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