Palace elated over China’s defense of PH vs UN rights chief’s tirade

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  • Malacañang said China’s statement on UN rights chief’s remarks is the correct response
  • But Roque clarified Beijing’s stand has nothing to do with the PH-China close ties
  • Earlier, China urged UN to respect PH’s sovereignty

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang Palace is elated by China’s defense of the Philippines against  United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s controversial remark directed at President Rodrigo Duterte.

At the press briefing on Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said what Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said would be the correct response of any member state of the UN –  that all UN officials cannot deal with elected leaders of member nations in a manner Mr. Zeid did.

But it has nothing to do the friendship between China and the Philippines, Roque clarified.

“So all officials of the United Nations must in fact discharge their functions towards realizing the avowed goals of the UN system and should not resort to abusing and disrespecting elected heads of states of UN member states,” he added.

Respect PH’s sovereignty, Duterte

Earlier, China has defended Duterte from the Zeid’s remark urging Duterte to ‘submit himself to ‘some sort of psychiatric examination’.

At the regular press briefing on Tuesday, Mr. Lusaid the international community, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights should respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people, as well as view the outcomes of the Philippines’ fight against drug and terrorism in a comprehensive, unbiased and objective way.

Mr. Lu cited President Duterte’s efforts in fighting illegal drugs, developing the economy and in improving the livelihood of his people “which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people’s fundamental rights to security and development”.

These achievements, the Chinese official noted, have won great approval and the extensive support among the Philippine people.

As such, Lu urged the UN to support the Philippines’ efforts to move forward its human rights cause in light of its national conditions.

“As an agency of the UN, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to fulfill its duties within the framework set out by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter,” Lu said.