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

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

Zeid also slammed the inclusion of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN special rapporteur, on a government list of some 600 people it wants to be deemed "terrorists".

"It makes one believe that the president needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination".

"I reiterate the United Nations is an organization consisting of states and as such all UN officials can not deal with elected leaders of member nations in a manner that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights did", he added.

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

But he abandoned the process in November, after what he called repeated attacks by the NPA during talks. 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".

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.

It further stressed that as an agency of the UN, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to "fulfill its duties within the framework set out by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter".

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"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.

The list included Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a United Nations special rapporteur for indigenous people's rights.

Ms Tauli-Corpuz denounced the Government, calling the complaint "baseless, malicious and irresponsible".

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

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. Also listed were four former Catholic priests and former Filipino congressman Satur Ocampo. The petition specifically named the top 18 leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

There was no basis for the charge of terrorism, said Mr Sison, who was a mentor of Mr Duterte when he was at university, although the two are now bitter rivals. "That is provided for in the Constitution itself, our Constitution", Duterte said.

"Duterte is truly the No.1 terrorist in the Philippines."

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