Palace still open to probe despite UN High Commissioner's remarks vs Duterte

Palace still open to probe despite UN High Commissioner's remarks vs Duterte

Zeid made the statement after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition to formally identify a United Nations rapporteur and 648 other individuals as terrorists. "[Duterte] needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination".

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

The petition, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, suggested Mr Duterte was following through on his threats to destroy a movement he now regards as duplicitous. After taking office in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte originally freed some imprisoned communist leaders and then put leftists in his cabinet, in an attempt to show that he was committed to finding a permanent solution to a conflict that has lasted more than 50 years.

But he abandoned the process in November, after what he called repeated attacks by the NPA during talks. If enforced, the government would have the power to closely monitor all of those listed and to limit their resources.

Manila has accused the United Nations human rights chief of being played by certain parties to "unseat" President Rodrigo Duterte, after Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called on the Philippines' leader to submit himself to a "psychiatric evaluation".

"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.

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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.

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

Roque earlier said the administration is open to having a United Nations expert investigate the country's drug war, as long as Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard is out of the picture.

"Instead of attacking the messenger, states and other stakeholders should engage and address the human rights concerns raised by mandate-holders", he said in Geneva. Duterte has repeatedly lashed out at Callamard for her being biased against his anti-drug campaign. "It's wholly unacceptable, and until now, I'm restraining myself from using similar language", he said. "My God, you fools, if you are investigating us, the rule in criminal law is any statement or answer that you may give might incriminate you", Duterte said. Also listed were four former Catholic priests and former Filipino congressman Satur Ocampo.

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

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