China has defended President Rodrigo Duterte against critics questioning his controversial anti-illegal drug campaign.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry showed in a statement its support for the President, stressing that the international community, particularly the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has to “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.”
This came after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s remarks that Duterte might need to undergo a psychiatric examination following the latter’s pronouncement to consider UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard as a “terrorist.”
For this, China urged the organization to “fulfill its duties within the framework set out by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.”
It further expressed admiration for the President, noting Duterte has delivered “positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people’s livelihood, which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people’s fundamental rights to security and development.”
“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,” it added.