United Nations human rights chief says Duterte needs psychiatric evaluation

Psychiatric test? World needs more Dutertes!’ Manila hits back at UN rights chief

Psychiatric test? World needs more Dutertes!’ Manila hits back at UN rights chief

"The UN Human Rights Special Procedures, which includes the special rapporteurs, are entitled to immunities and protection as experts of the UN system", CHR said. Duterte previously said not in a million years would the ICC have jurisdiction over him.

Discussing the allegations against Tauli-Corpuz in a March 9 press conference, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, provocatively suggested that Duterte should see a psychiatrist.

The UN human rights chief also called on the President to undergo a psychological examination following his supposed unacceptable remarks about human rights defenders. It's being treated as a diplomatic affront.

"Rather than attacking human rights bodies and human rights defenders, we urge the government to display honest commitment to transparency and the rule of law by allowing unhampered investigations to take place", the commission said.

Roque came to Duterte's defense after the latter, in a speech delivered in Zamboanga City on March 10, threatened United Nations special rapporteurs who will conduct an investigation into his bloody war on drugs to "throw them to the crocodiles".

Duterte conceded that human rights investigators would likely be angered by his advice, but he insisted silence in response to their questions is legal under Philippine constitutional law.

"Duterte is engaged in a wild anti-communist witch hunt under the guise of anti-terrorism", he said. The ones that eat people? "Throw those sons of bitches to them", he sneered.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said: "The Philippines takes grave exception to the irresponsible and disrespectful comments of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that cast untoward aspersions regarding the President of the Republic of the Philippines".

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said there was legal basis for the inclusion in the list of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous people, because of her alleged connections with the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed component the New People's Army (CPP-NPA).

The government earlier asked a Metro Manila regional court to declare the CPP-NPA as "terrorist organisations" in line with a proclamation signed by President Rodrigo Duterte as such in accordance with the country's Human Security Act of 2007.

"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", he added. "We welcome special rapporteurs, provided they be impartial, neutral and willing to investigate rather than those already having conclusions and wanting to justify them through an investigation".

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