Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte discloses to UN human rights expert ‘to go to hell’

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has told an UN human rights expert who said the nation’s judicial independence was under risk to “go to hell”, cautioning against impedance in residential undertakings.

The Philippine Supreme Court voted a month ago to evacuate Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, whom Mr Duterte had called an “adversary” for voting against disputable government recommendations, refering to infringement in the way she was selected.

Her rejection is sending a chilling message to other incomparable court judges and individuals from the judiciary, Diego García-Sayán, extraordinary UN rapporteur on the  independence of judges and attorneys, said on Friday.

“Let him know not to meddle with the undertakings of my nation. He can go to hellfire,” Mr Duterte told a news gathering late Saturday night, before leaving for an official visit to South Korea.

The frank Philippine leader is known for opposing international pressure and his harangues against commentators.

Specifically, he has railed against previous US President Barack Obama and UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, for censuring the war on drugs, his signature public safety project.

Ms Sereno, the first chief justice to be evacuated by her associates, had voted against a few of the Mr Duterte’s proposition including the extension of the martial law in the unpredictable southern Philippines.

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