China defends Duterte from United Nations exec's psych evaluation remark

"Relevant sides of the worldwide 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", Lu said during the regular press briefing Monday.

Earlier, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said President Duterte needs "to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination" after the Philippine government included United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard on a list of 600 people they want classed as "terrorists". He needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination.

"Well, the comments are wholly unacceptable".

21 court petition also said that Tauli-Corpuz is a member of the New People's Army, a communist militia which has fought a five-decade rural insurgency.

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.

Late a year ago, Duterte signed Proclamation No. 374, declaring the CPP and NPA as terrorist organizations following the foiled peace talks with the NDFP in November 2017. They are accused of "using acts of terror" to sow fear and panic and to overthrow the government, according to the petition, filed at a Manila court. If enforced, the government would have the power to closely monitor all of those listed and to limit their resources.

"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.


But Tauli-Corpuz strongly denied being a member of the CPP-NPA as she denounced her inclusion as "baseless, malicious and irresponsible" as she vowed to make accountable those people who put her life and security at risk.

On Friday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein called on the UN Human Rights Council to take a stand against Duterte's personal vendetta against UN rights officials, who have criticized Manila's war on drugs. "The UN Human Rights Council must take a position".

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

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.

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

The DOJ, in a petition before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 19 last February 21, tagged as terrorists CPP founder Jose Maria Sison, alleged ranking CPP leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace negotiators Luis Jalandoni, Coni Ledesma, Randall Echanis, and Rafael Baylosis, who is now detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

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