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


A senior Malacanang Palace official defended the inclusion of a United Nations rapporteur, a Filipino citizen, in the list of 600 alleged communist leaders and members whom the government wanted to be declared as "terrorists" by the court.

"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".

In the same press briefing, Lu said "anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes, as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people's livelihood, which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people's fundamental rights to security and development".

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.

Mr Zeid's comments on Friday come amid deteriorating relations between Manila and the United Nations, and followed the government's decision to include a United Nations special rapporteur on a list of 600 people they want to class as "terrorists".

Mr Duterte's statement said the withdrawal was because of "baseless, unprecedented and outrageous attacks" by United Nations officials, and what he said was an attempt by the ICC prosecutor to seek jurisdiction over him "in violation of due process and presumption of innocence".

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

The petition will allow government to monitor listed "terrorists" more closely, track finances and curb access to resources, among other measures. "There's a long history in the Philippines of the state security forces and pro-government militias assassinating people labeled as NPA members or supporters".

The Department of Foreign Affairs has earlier said that Tauli-Corpuz was included in the list not because of her position as special rapporteur but due to her alleged links to the Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Committee (ICRC) of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army.

"It is apparent that the ICC is being utilized as a political tool against the Philippines", Duterte said in a statement, adding the ICC examination was "unduly and maliciously created".

"Duterte is engaged in a wild anti-communist witch hunt under the guise of anti-terrorism", he said.

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