Philippines –
China slams UN, defends Duterte

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, the 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.

Duterte invites India to invest in PH telco industry

President Rodrigo Duterte invited India to invest in the country’s telco sector as part of the current administration’s vision to deliver better internet connectivity for Filipinos.

Duterte said he invited India during his visit at New Delhi in January.

“India is also interested to enter into the telecom industry and we are considering,” Duterte said.

“I invited them during my talks with the businessmen of India during my official visit,” he added.

The President said that frequencies for a third telco player are already made available by the government.

“I have opened up the third frequency for telecommunication, telecoms. If you are the representative there, you can always go to them and discuss business,” he said.

Subsequently, Duterte said Indian nationals must shun any corruption attempt by Philippine government officials.

They are also urged to report corruption cases against public officials so his office can make appropriate action.

“If you are asked to shell out money or there is a transaction which involves corruption for a favor or for a permit then let me know,” Duterte said.

“Unless you are ready to give it then just shut up because it’s yours. But you are not supposed to spend for anything unless it’s part of the official fees and the collections of government, regulatory fees most of it,” he said.