Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Philippines To Withdraw From International Criminal Court - Duterte

Philippines To Withdraw From International Criminal Court - Duterte

"I don't think he's in a position to do it (throw United Nations envoys to crocodiles)".

"You know, they say they are investigating us".

His comments drew criticism from presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who slammed Al Hussein for his "crude language".

On March 7, Duterte said the ICC has no power over him.

The Commission on Human Rights urges the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to stop attacking human rights defenders.

But Carlos Conde, Philippines researcher with the New York-based Human Rights Watch, said the petition was "a virtual hit list".

Amid the ongoing probe, Zeid in his statement on Friday took the liberty of slamming Duterte's treatment of human rights activists. It's being treated as a diplomatic affront.

Duterte has also repeatedly insulted the current United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, because of her criticism of his bloody anti-narcotics campaign.

Duterte conceded that human rights investigators would likely be angered by his advice, but he insisted silence in response to their questions is legal under Philippine constitutional law.

"Rather than attacking human rights bodies and human rights defenders, we urge the government to display honest commitment to transparency and the rule of law by allowing unhampered investigations to take place", the commission said.

"Just say, 'Duterte ordered it: destroy the organization.' So what's wrong with that?"

"So these stupid (members of the UN) will go here". The ones that eat people? "Throw those b****** [there]", he added.

"The High Commissioner may not be aware of it but he is being used in a well-orchestrated effort to destabilize a legitimate government that is being undertaken by parties with self-serving agendas and who stand to benefit the most by unseating President Duterte", Foreign Affairs Secretary, Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a statement.

"Anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people's livelihood which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people's fundamental rights to security and development", he said.

It included Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, who was listed as a senior member of a Maoist rebel group.

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

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