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China defends Duterte's commitment to 'fundamental rights' after United Nations criticism

Manila slams UN rights chief United Nations Says Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Needs to see a Psychiatrist
Kenny Thornton | 14 March, 2018, 11:14

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philiphines on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of the country's ratification of the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). "This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable".

"If you answer their questions, it will be freewheeling, it is recorded", he said. Duterte previously said not in a million years would the ICC have jurisdiction over him. Some translations of this statement strive to make it clear he was indeed suggesting that human rights investigators should be fed to crocodiles. In November, the 72-year-old threatened to slap Callamard if she implicates him in the extrajudicial killings.

"There being no publication of the said law, it stands to reason that the Rome Statute cannot be enforceable in the Philippines hence the International Criminal Court has not acquired nor can it acquire jurisdiction over my person", he said. "You are f**king me and I do not want it".

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Philippine national and the UN's special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said in a telephone interview that she is "concerned" about the Philippine government's attempt to list her and about 600 others as "terrorists". "That is provided for in the Constitution itself, our Constitution", Duterte said.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a United Nations expert on the rights of indigenous peoples, was included on the list of alleged communist guerrillas. 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".

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Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said that the House will take up Finance Bill , appropriation bills at 12 noon. The government, he said, was ready to discuss any issue, but since the proceedings remained disrupted.

Duterte said the United Nations rights chief has also "maligned" him by suggesting to undergo a psychiatric examination while accusing him of attacking a United Nations rapporteur and other critics of the government. Carlos Conde, a researcher with the group Human Right Watch said that the petition to the court was basically a hit list.

Also on the list were four former Catholic priests and former congressman Satur Ocampo, who said he would challenge any "terrorist" label.

"Tauli-Corpuz and the other individuals mentioned in the petition are there due to their membership in or association with the CPP-NPA as reported over the years by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)", Cayetano pointed out.

Two other United Nations special rapporteurs, Michel Forst and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, expressed "grave concern" about Ms Tauli-Corpuz being on the list, and said she was being punished by Mr Duterte for speaking against some of his policies.

Concluding the statement, Cayetano noted that the "world actually needs more Dutertes―leaders with empathy; leaders who listen to their people; and leaders who are ready to sacrifice their lives to protect their people".

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