Roque hits United Nations human rights chief's 'crude language'

Roque hits United Nations human rights chief's 'crude language'

Chinese foreign Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang made the statement in reaction to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comment that President Rodrigo Duterte needed to submit himself to psychiatric examination.

Malacañang yesterday said that special rapporteurs are still welcome to come and investigate the Philippines as long as they will be neutral. "There will be no occasion to push them to crocodiles", Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said in a press conference.

"For the sake of the safety and well-being of the entire Filipino nation whose lives are subjected to his power, I call on Duterte to prove that he has a sound mental health by going through a psychiatric evaluation", Trillanes said on Sunday.

Lu said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights should fulfill its duties within the framework set out by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

In February, Duterte said that soldiers encountering female NPA members should "shoot them in the vagina" - the latest in a series of remarks that have provoked uproar among political opponents at home and in global organisations such as the United Nations, which has spoken out against the Philippine government's "war on drugs". It's being treated as a diplomatic affront.

While official government data show at least 4,000 deaths in police anti-drug operations since July 2016, human rights groups such as the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) estimate that up to 12,000 people could have fallen victim to Duterte's policies.

"If you answer their questions, it will be freewheeling, it is recorded", he continued.

"Just say, 'Duterte ordered it: destroy the organization.' So what's wrong with that?" Are there crocodiles here that eat people? "Throw those sons of bitches to them", he sneered.

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Roque said the remarks came at an inappropriate time, considering that talks on a possible investigation by the UN is being discussed by the Foreign Affairs Department and the UN Secretary General.

"As I said, the communications [between Guterres and Cayetano] are ongoing".

Philippine foreign minister Alan Peter Cayetano hit back on Saturday at a United Nations official for "irresponsible and disrespectful" comments about President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday.

Zeid said Duterte's attacks against UN special rapporteurs can not go unanswered and the UN Human Rights Council must take a position.

CHINA leapt to the defence of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, saying that "anyone without bias" can see the "positive efforts" and "achievements" of the Duterte administration.

"This is, of course, unacceptable for a special rapporteur acting on behalf of the worldwide community whose expertise is sought by the Human Rights Council to be treated in this way", Zeid said.

"[But] we have made our position clear on the matter of special rapporteurs".

"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", Roque said.

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