Zeid said Duterte's attacks against UN special rapporteurs can not go unanswered and the UN Human Rights Council must take a position.
Aside from members and alleged members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA), the list also includes several human rights workers such as Corpuz, Karapatan national executive committee member Elisa Tita Lubi, and Jose Molintas, former Asia representative to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), among others. On Saturday, Duterte again defended his and law enforcers' rights not to cooperate with the UN-led probe into alleged abuses and extrajudicial killings in the country.
President Duterte has ordered officers to refuse to answer questions by investigators on summary executions, so that they do not incriminate themselves. "So the best way is to just keep silent".
"Leave it to me". Come on. They're not even being allowed to investigate. Are there crocodiles here that eat people? "Throw the sons of b**ches there", Duterte stated, according to the Inquirer.
"The Commission, however, notes that expressions of concern on the human rights situation in the country should not be construed as partiality. And do not destroy... the youth of this land because I will kill you".
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He said the ICC probe amounted to "baseless, unprecedented and outrageous attacks on his person as well my administration". Senator Antonio Trillanes said Duterte was withdrawing "because he knows that there is no way out for him in the ICC".
Roque came to Duterte's defense after the latter, in a speech delivered in Zamboanga City on March 10, threatened United Nations special rapporteurs who will conduct an investigation into his bloody war on drugs to "throw them to the crocodiles".
CHR ended its statement by saying that due process must never be compromised in the investigation and prosecution of the cases, and that if the government makes sure that all human rights are observed, global communities would not need to conduct these probes.
"These attacks can not go unanswered".
He said the Philippine leader "needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination".
"This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable".
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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) made it clear to the Duterte administration its concern over the government's "consistent questioning of the legitimacy of global human rights mechanisms" when these bodies are only "ensuring the rule of law and human rights in the country".
"It is apparent that the ICC is being utilized as a political tool against the Philippines", Duterte said in a statement, adding the ICC examination was "unduly and maliciously created".
Duterte has always been the target of global criticism over his war on drugs, which has resulted in numerous extrajudicial killings.
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