Philippines To Withdraw From International Criminal Court - Duterte

Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison warned that rebels are willing to fight President Rodrigo Duterte with no hesitation if the administration tagged them as terrorists

Manila slams UN rights chief

CHINA leapt to the defence of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, saying that "anyone without bias" can see the "positive efforts" and "achievements" of the Duterte administration.

"Relevant sides of the global community, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, shall respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people, view the outcomes of the Philippines' fight against drug and terrorism in a comprehensive, unbiased and objective way, and support its efforts to move forward its human rights cause in light of its national conditions", China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said Monday in a press briefing in Beijing.

"The High Commissioner may not be aware of it but he is being used in a well-orchestrated effort to destabilize a legitimate government that is being undertaken by parties with self-serving agendas and who stand to benefit the most by unseating President Duterte", Foreign Affairs Secretary, Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a statement.

According to Rappler, Lu directly mentioned the positive impacts of Duterte's ongoing crackdown on drugs and drug-related crimes, a movement that has been widely condemned by worldwide rights groups after a reported 4,021 people have been killed in police operations.

The Hague-based ICC announced last month it was launching a "preliminary examination" of Duterte's bloody anti-drug crackdown that has drawn global concern.

The UN human rights chief also called on the President to undergo a psychological examination following his supposed unacceptable remarks about human rights defenders.

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced that he would pull out the Philippines from the Rome Statute which it signed, along with 122 other countries, creating the International Court (ICC) to try individuals accused of international crimes.

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Mr Zeid's comments on Friday come amid deteriorating relations between Manila and the United Nations, and followed the government's decision to include a United Nations special rapporteur on a list of 600 people they want to class as "terrorists".

Human Rights Council must take a position. Earlier this month, Duterte instructed the armed police units not to cooperate with United Nations special rapporteur on extra-judicial killings, Agnes Callamard, amid the ongoing ICC probe.

"Just say, 'Duterte ordered it: destroy the organization.' So what's wrong with that?"

Tauli-Corpuz, appointed in 2014 as United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, was listed in the petition as a senior member of the Maoist rebel group.

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.

Also on the list were four former Catholic priests and former congressman Satur Ocampo, who said he would challenge any "terrorist" label.

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