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

Manila slams UN rights chief

Manila slams UN rights chief

President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he was pulling the Philippines out of the treaty underpinning the International Criminal Court, which is examining his deadly drug war. "This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable".

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

Duterte alleged that the ICC was "being utilised as a political tool against the Philippines" after its prosecutor "prematurely" announced a preliminary examination of allegations against him relating to killings amid his campaign against illegal drugs. "The statement made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is being treated very seriously. Well sorry, do not f**k with me", he added, according to AFP. In November, the 72-year-old threatened to slap Callamard if she implicates him in the extrajudicial killings.

Last week, he said the ICC would "not in a million years" have jurisdiction to indict him. "You are f**king me and I do not want it".

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Duterte said the United Nations rights chief has also "maligned" him by suggesting to undergo a psychiatric examination while accusing him of attacking a United Nations rapporteur and other critics of the government.

Trillanes said the examination "should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law".

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said there was legal basis for the inclusion in the list of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous people, because of her alleged connections with the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed component the New People's Army (CPP-NPA).

Tauli-Corpuz believes she is being targeted because of her United Nations work defending the rights of minority indigenous groups around the world, including in the Philippines. Carlos Conde, a researcher with the group Human Right Watch said that the petition to the court was basically a hit list. Also listed were four former Catholic priests and former Filipino congressman Satur Ocampo.

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The petition said the rebels were "using acts of terror" to sow fear and panic to overthrow the Government.

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. "If indeed Ms. Tauli-Corpuz and the others named in the petition are innocent as they claim they are, they should see this as an opportunity to clear their names and prove in court that they have never been members of or associated with the group", Sec.

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