China to UN: Respect PH sovereignty

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang | File photo

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) — China said international organizations including the United Nations should "respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people," amid President Duterte's campaign against terrorism and illegal drugs.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang made this remark in a press conference on March 12 after  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Duterte may need "psychiatric evaluation."

"Relevant sides of the international community, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, shall ... 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,"  Kang said.

 He also said  the UN agency should "fulfill its duties within the framework set out by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

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Al-Hussein had hit the Duterte administration's move to petition the court to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing the New People's Army (NPA) as terrorist groups.

The petition included a list of more than 600 names and aliases who were proposed to be blacklisted by the Metro Manila Regional Trial Court.

On the list is UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz for her alleged links to the CPP-NPA.

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Kang said China supports the Philippine's campaign against terrorism and illegal drugs, adding the achievements of the administration "have won great approval and extensive support" among Filipinos.

"Anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people's livelihood," Kang said.

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