Duterte deserves respect, Palace says after United Nations official's tirade


In a more direct statement, he added, "Relevant sides of the worldwide community, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, shall respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people, view the outcomes of the Philippines' fight against drug and terrorism in a comprehensive, unbiased and objective way, and support its efforts to move forward to its human rights cause in light of its national conditions".

Prior to Zeid's advice to Duterte to undergo psychiatric examination, the United Nations human rights chief expressed dismay over the President's order to the PNP not to cooperate with the United Nations special rapporteur who will investigate the crackdown on illicit drugs trade in the Philippines.

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

"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. "This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable".

Critics said Duterte in his public pronouncements ordered or encouraged policemen to kill those involved in drug trafficking, resulting in thousands of alleged extrajudicial killings.

"These human rights [people] are dumb", Duterte added.

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Zeid also said he deplored the continued vilification of United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard and Duterte's order to Philippine soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in their genitals. After months of threatening to take action, earlier this month the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a preliminary investigation into Duterte's war on drugs, probing potential crimes against humanity. "I take full responsibility".

"UN officials should, as a matter of course, respect sitting heads of state, because after all the United Nations... is an global organization composed of sovereign states", he said.

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".

The Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday, March 14, urged the Philippine government to stop its attacks on human rights bodies and defenders. 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. Also listed were four former Catholic priests and former Filipino congressman Satur Ocampo. She was listed in the DOJ petition as an alleged member of the Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Committee (ICRC).

Ms Tauli-Corpuz denounced the Government, calling the complaint "baseless, malicious and irresponsible".

Concluding the statement, Cayetano noted that the "world actually needs more Dutertes―leaders with empathy; leaders who listen to their people; and leaders who are ready to sacrifice their lives to protect their people".