Rodrigo Duterte needs a psychiatric assessment

Philippines to Declare 600 Alleged Communists 'Terrorists'?

The Philippine foreign minister hit back on Saturday at the United Nations' human rights chief for issuing "irresponsible and disrespectful" comments about President Rodrigo Duterte, warning such remarks could set a risky precedent.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein demanded that the Human Rights Council, which counts the Philippines among its 47 member countries, "must take a strong position" on the issue, and insisted "these attacks can not go unanswered".

He said the Philippine leader "needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination".

Duterte's spokesman, Harry Roque, said Zeid's language was an affront to Philippine sovereignty. "I'm very tempted to respond in similar language but I have opted to restrain myself, opting not to respond in the same ad hominem used by the UN High Commissioner", Roque said.

"We must continue to call out language that insults and demeans women", Hilbay wrote on social media.

Roque said Zeid should understand that the relationship of the United Nations with any country would sour whenever its rapporteurs do something that would cause member-states of the United Nations to lose trust in some of them.

"The president has himself publicly intimidated special rapporteurs", he said, calling on the government to drop the "unfounded accusations".

Zeid mentioned the Philippines among the 62 countries that he cited in his global human rights situationer report during the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. And so my message to the High Commissioner is: "We respect our president in this country because we gave him a democratic mandate to live", Roque said.

Roque instead retorted back with a criticism of his own: that Zeid's home country of Jordan is undemocratic.

"Human rights, human rights, son of a bitch, human rights", Duterte said angrily in a mix of Filipino and English.

"The government has a duty to uphold human rights and to engage with persons appointed by this council", he added.

In a statement Friday, the United Nations said the list could be considered an unacceptable attack on legitimate rights workers and activists in the Philippines, where Duterte has presided over a crackdown against suspected drug addicts and pushers that has left at least 4,000 dead. "Human rights, human rights, son of a bitch, human rights", he fumed.

"My reply to His Excellency, the Prince of Jordan, is it's a two-way street".

He said the document listed Corpuz and Ocampo along with Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison, who is in exile in the Netherlands, among the 600 to be declared terrorists.

Two other United Nations special rapporteurs, Michel Forst and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, expressed "grave concern" about Ms Tauli-Corpuz being on the list, and said she was being punished by Mr Duterte for speaking against some of his policies.

Mr Zeid said the Philippine Government had added UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz's name to the "alleged membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People's Army", which has been designated a terrorist organisation.

Roque said Corpuz landed on the terrorist list "because of intelligence information that she is somehow connected with the CPP-NPA".

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