United Nations human rights chief says Duterte needs psychiatric evaluation


"These attacks can not go unanswered", Zeid said Friday.

Duterte said it was this "violation of due process and the presumption of innocence expressly guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution and recognized no less by the Rome Statute" that led to the decision. "This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable", he added. The Foreign Affairs ministry specifically slammed Zeid's comments which "insult leaders of member-states without first giving them due process", warning that such practice could set a unsafe precedent.

"There is no reason whatsoever for such an unmeasured outburst directed against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and it should not be repeated".

Duterte has been accused of encouraging extrajudicial killings and other rights abuses in his bid to rid the country of drugs since his election in 2016.

Mr. Duterte is waging a bloody war on drugs that has killed thousands of mostly poor people in the Philippines, many of whom rights groups say were executed by police officers.

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Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's latest outlandish accusations against United Nations human rights activists show that he needs to be seen by 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. "My God, you fools, if you are investigating us, the rule in criminal law is any statement or answer that you may give might incriminate you", Duterte said. "Well sorry, do not f**k with me", he added, according to AFP. "You can not acquire jurisdiction over me, not in a million years", he said. "Why? Because you are insulting me. Why?"

"Instead of attacking the messenger, states and other stakeholders should engage and address the human rights concerns raised by mandate-holders", he said in Geneva.

Tauli-Corpuz, appointed in 2014 as United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, was listed in the petition as a senior member of the Maoist rebel group.

Also on the list were four former Catholic priests and former congressman Satur Ocampo, who said he would challenge any "terrorist" label.

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The petition said the rebels were "using acts of terror" to sow fear and panic to overthrow the Government.

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.

"Tauli-Corpuz and the other individuals mentioned in the petition are there due to their membership in or association with the CPP-NPA as reported over the years by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)", Cayetano pointed out. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also disputed his account, saying "the world actually needs more Dutertes".

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