Rodrigo Duterte needs 'psychiatric examination', United Nations human rights chief says

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

Romeo Ranoco Reuters

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.

"Relevant sides of the global 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", Lu said during the regular press briefing Monday.

"It makes one believe that the president needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination".

According to Rappler, Lu directly mentioned the positive impacts of Duterte's ongoing crackdown on drugs and drug-related crimes, a movement that has been widely condemned by global rights groups after a reported 4,021 people have been killed in police operations.

"This son of a b****, stupid chief of (UN Human Rights Council)., they were irked because (my advice to the police is), 'Do not answer question [s] from them".

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Despite saying that the United Nations commissioner's pronouncement was "uncalled for", Malacañang said this will not affect the openness of the country to let United Nations rapporteur investigate the killings linked to the administration's war on drugs and alleged human rights violations.

Since 2016, thousands of people have been killed as part of a state-sanctioned campaign against illegal drugs that critics say is rife with extrajudicial killings and impunity for the perpetrators.

Amid the ongoing probe, Zeid in his statement on Friday took the liberty of slamming Duterte's treatment of human rights activists.

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.

The Palace official reiterated that Zeid's remark against Duterte is unacceptable and is an affront to the country's sovereignty.

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"For the sake of the safety and well-being of the entire Filipino nation whose lives are subjected to his power, I call on Duterte to prove that he has a sound mental health by going through a psychiatric evaluation", Trillanes said on Sunday.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has sought the declaration of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its armed wing, New People's Army (NPA), and at least 600 progressives as "terrorists".

"It (Zeid's remark) did not come at an appropriate time", he said.

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

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

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That proposal was in turn dismissed as "disrespectful" and "irresponsible" by Philippine Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano, who accused al-Hussein of overstepping his mandate and of insulting the Philippines.

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