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Roque hits UN human rights chief's 'crude language'

13 Marcha 2018

Satur Ocampo, Catholic priest Frank Fernandez, Ilocos environmental activist Sherwin de Vera, and United Nations special rapporteur for the rights of indigenous people Victoria Tauli-Corpuz were also named in the complaint.

"This is, of course, unacceptable for a special rapporteur acting on behalf of the international community whose expertise is sought by the Human Rights Council to be treated in this way", Zeid said.

He said the President could not be blamed for his latest pronouncement, since UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's previous remark that Duterte undergo "psychiatric evaluation" was insulting.

Duterte did more than just float the notion of clamming up when the U.N. and ICC come calling while chatting with his troops-he formally issued orders to that effect on Saturday to the police and military. "Therefore, the Government of the Philippines has a duty under the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders to guarantee her right to promote and to strive for the realization of human rights".

This drew the ire of the opposition, with Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao saying that this order only confirmed the human rights violations being done by authorities.

Mr Duterte has been regularly venting his fury at the Maoists and considers them as much of a security threat as the domestic Islamist militant groups that have pledged allegiance to Islamic State. The President's spokesperson reacted with hostility to the news release, publicly accusing the Special Rapporteur of seeking to embarrass the Duterte administration.

Zeid, a Jordanian prince and career diplomat, deplored the statement of Duterte in a speech on March 7.

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.

"There's a world of difference between a UN official using crude language against a sitting head of state... and the president using any kind of language that he wants on a private individual, especially in this instance when the person using the crude language is himself without a democratic mandate", he pointed out.

"If the idiots went here..."

Late last year, Duterte signed Proclamation No. 374, declaring the CPP and NPA as terrorist organizations following the foiled peace talks with the NDFP in November 2017. "Those eating people. I will throw these sons of b*****s there", Duterte said. "That is provided for in the Constitution itself, our Constitution", Duterte said.

Sison dismissed the terrorism charges as baseless, as he underscored that he had already won legal cases for the removal of his name from the European Union (EU) list of terrorists, as well as the dismissal of murder charges fabricated against him by the Arroyo regime.

Roque hits UN human rights chief's 'crude language'