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

Two other UN 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.

He added that if Tauli-Corpuz and the others are innocent, they should welcome their inclusion as an opportunity to clear their names and prove in court they have never been members of or associated with the group.

According to the Philippine Star, Duterte said the United Nations human rights team should be fed to the crocodiles.

The president's brazen style and alleged support for the flouting of the rule of law has put him on a collision course with international institutions, particularly those tasked with upholding human rights.

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. "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.

Mr Duterte has been regularly venting his fury at the Maoists and considers them as much of a security threat as the domestic Islamist militant groups that have pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

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".

Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said in a news briefing: "I think that would be the correct response of any member state of the United Nations".

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

That proposal was in turn dismissed as "disrespectful" and "irresponsible" by Philippine Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano, who accused al-Hussein of overstepping his mandate and of insulting the Philippines.

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

The petition said the rebels were "using acts of terror" to sow fear and panic to overthrow the Government. "If you investigate me, I'll slap you", Duterte said at the time, according to Rappler online news website. The ones that are really eating people?

Late last year, Duterte signed Proclamation No. 374, declaring the CPP and NPA as terrorist organizations following the foiled peace talks with the NDFP in November 2017.

On Saturday, Duterte said in Zamboanga City that policemen also had the right to remain silent under the Constitution. "Throw those sons of bitches to them", he sneered.

  • Leon Brazil