"The revolutionary movement is absolutely correct in taking as forewarning the Duterte brand of propaganda and slaughter methods used in Oplan Tokhang as early as December 2016 after he clearly backed out of his pledge to amnesty and release all political prisoners and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), PNP (Philippine National Police) and paramilitary forces repeatedly violated the prolonged ceasefire from late August 2016 to early February 2017", he said.
He added that if Tauli-Corpuz and the others are innocent, they should welcome their inclusion as an opportunity to clear their names and prove in court they have never been members of or associated with the group.
"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.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein defended the independence, impartiality and expertise of special rapporteurs in the face of smear and hate campaigns, some involving incitement to violence. "It is straight out of the bag off tricks of the past regimes, like the dictator Marcos and the hated Macapagal-Arroyo regimes that also tried and failed to suppress and eliminate their principled and organized critics and the opposition", Zarate said. "This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable".
Asked if there is a possibility that Zeid's remark might prompt Duterte to thwart the UN's impending investigation, Roque said the Palace would just await the result of the communications between Guterres and Cayetano.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has sought the declaration of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its armed wing, New People's Army (NPA), and at least 600 progressives as "terrorists".
"The achievements made by the Philippine government led by President Duterte on these fronts have won great approval and extensive support among the Philippine people", Lu told reporters during a regular a ministry news conference in Beijing. "These attacks cannot go unanswered", Zeid said Friday. They're not even being allowed to investigate.
"The statement made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is being treated very seriously".
The petition included 18 top leaders of the CPP, including founder Jose Maria Sison and peace negotiator Luis Jalandoni, both based in the Netherlands for three decades.
On Saturday, Duterte said in Zamboanga City that policemen also had the right to remain silent under the Constitution.
He also reiterated that for now, the Philippine government's stance is that the UN expert who will probe Duterte's drug war must be "impartial" and "neutral". She accused Duterte of targeting the UN official due to her criticism of alleged killings of indigenous people in the Mindanao region, where Duterte imposed martial law last year, to battle an Islamist insurgency.
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