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China to UN HR commissioner: Respect PH sovereignty

China to UN HR commissioner: Respect PH sovereignty

"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.

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

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.

Hit ListBy declaring certain individuals and groups as being terrorists, the Philippine government would be able to monitor them, curb their access to resources and track their finances, among other things.

"It's an appropriate response to a remark that as I said, should have not been made by a sitting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights", he told a press conference.

"There's a long history in the Philippines of the state security forces and pro-government militias assassinating people labelled as NPA members or supporters", he said in a statement.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs has earlier said that Tauli-Corpuz was included in the list not because of her position as special rapporteur but due to her alleged links to the Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Committee (ICRC) of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army.

"These attacks can not go unanswered, the UN Human Rights Council must take a position", Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said in a news conference on March 9, according to a Reuters report.

The bloodshed during the war on drugs, Duterte's signature policy, has caused global alarm and fierce criticism from several United Nations rapporteurs and human rights officials.

Two other United Nations special rapporteurs, Michel Forst and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, expressed "grave concern" about Ms Tauli-Corpuz being on the list, and said she was being punished by Mr Duterte for speaking against some of his policies. 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.

In a statement distributed to members of media, Duterte cited the "baseless, unprecedented and outrageous attacks" against him and the alleged attempt by the ICC special prosecutor to place him under ICC jurisdiction.

Reacting to Duterte's vulgarity, Zeid on Friday said that it was "absolutely disgraceful that the president of a country could speak in this way, using the foulest of language against a rapporteur that is highly respected". Duterte's administration remains popular among Philippine citizens, and it has big plans for the country's economy, seeking hefty Chinese investment in infrastructure, some of which could cut through areas where the NPA is active.


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