China defends Duterte's commitment to 'fundamental rights' after United Nations criticism

Manila slams UN rights chief

United Nations Says Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Needs to see a Psychiatrist

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.

"These attacks can not go unanswered, the UN Human Rights Council must take a position", Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said, after Duterte's government sought to get a UN investigator, a former Philippine lawmaker and four former Catholic priests declared as "terrorists".

"As an agency of the UN, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to fulfill its duties within the framework set out by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter", Lu added.

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

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"These attacks can not go unanswered, the UN Human Rights Council must take a position", Zeid 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 has always been the target of global criticism over his war on drugs, which has resulted in numerous extrajudicial killings.

"Even the U.S. intelligence agencies now regard Duterte as a threat to democracy and human rights, despite his duplicitous and despicable efforts to keep the overall USA hegemony in the Philippines and serve additional foreign masters".

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Zeid said Duterte's attacks against UN special rapporteurs can not go unanswered and the UN Human Rights Council must take a position. "I take full responsibility".

Sison believes the list and the false accusations were related to Duterte's scheme "to engage in the mass murder of patriots and progressives in the country, to silence all his critics and opposition to his cruel and corrupt regime and in order to realize completely his fascist dictatorship through martial rule and the railroading of a pseudo-federal constitution".

Asked if there is a possibility that Zeid's remark might prompt Duterte to thwart the UN's impending investigation, Roque said the Palace would just await the result of the communications between Guterres and Cayetano.

Zeid also slammed the inclusion of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN special rapporteur, on a government list of some 600 people it wants to be deemed "terrorists".

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Harry Roque, the presidential spokesman, also said Tauli-Corpuz and another Filipina rapporteur are embarrassing the Duterte administration when they publicly expressed on the possible escalation of militarisation in Mindanao, especially among the "lumad" (indigenous peoples). Duterte has repeatedly lashed out at Callamard for her being biased against his anti-drug campaign. They are accused of "using acts of terror" to sow fear and panic and to overthrow the government, according to the petition, filed at a Manila court. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also disputed his account, saying "the world actually needs more Dutertes".

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