Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

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

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

Mr Duterte's war on drugs has caused global alarm and fierce criticism from some UN rapporteurs and officials, including UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who on Friday said Mr Duterte should submit himself for a psychiatric examination.

"He needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination."

But Roque has also said the ICC has no jurisdiction over the case because the tribunal was intended as a "court of last resort" and the Philippine courts were fully functioning.

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Duterte's repeated criticisms of human rights defenders and the inclusion of United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz in a terrorist list, United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday suggested that Duterte needs to undergo a "psychiatric evaluation". He stopped doing this just a few months later after he said he was being repeatedly attacked by the New People's Army, claiming in its petition to the court that they are "using acts of terror to sow fear and panic to overthrow the government".

Adding pressure on Manila, in February, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva raised the country's human rights record with Iceland Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson calling on the Philippines to accept the visit of a UN Special Rapporteur. Since then, Duterte has openly vented his fury at the group, saying he considers them a risk to national security on the same level as pro-Islamic State militants and telling the military to "shoot women (rebels) in the vagina".

Seen as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's move against dissent, critics tag the list as a "government hit list" which could further endanger the lives of human rights workers.

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"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.

"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.

But Tauli-Corpuz strongly denied being a member of the CPP-NPA as she denounced her inclusion as "baseless, malicious and irresponsible" as she vowed to make accountable those people who put her life and security at risk. The petition specifically named the top 18 leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

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"I therefore declare and forthwith give notice... that the Philippines is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute effective immediately", Duterte said in a statement.

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