Duterte needs psychiatric evaluation: UN official

Duterte needs psychiatric evaluation: UN official

Duterte needs psychiatric evaluation: UN official

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a United Nations expert on the rights of indigenous peoples, was included on the list of alleged communist guerrillas.

"The charges are entirely baseless and malicious", Tauli-Corpuz told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a telephone interview.

In response, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was time to take a stand in response to the President's latest controversial actions.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein demanded that the Human Rights Council, which counts the Philippines among its 47 member countries, "must take a strong position" on the issue, and insisted "these attacks can not go unanswered".

Cayetano said the United Nations human rights official "may not be aware of it but he is being used in a well-orchestrated effort to destabilize a legitimate government ... by parties with self-serving agenda".

"There is no reason whatsoever for such an unmeasured outburst directed against President Rodrigo Duterte and it should not be repeated", Cayetano said, adding Corpuz was included on the list because of her alleged ties to the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Al Hussein also hit out at President Duterte, saying: "He needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination".

Roque asked Zeid to respect the country's democratic system even if Jordan is not a democratic country as his language was an insult to states with elected leaders.

Two other United Nations special rapporteurs, Michel Forst and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, expressed "grave concern" about Ms Tauli-Corpuz being on the list, and said she was being punished by Mr Duterte for speaking against some of his policies.

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"The government sees this as an opportunity to pursue people they don't like".

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

Tauli-Corpuz was included on a list of 600 people declared Communist terrorists in a government petition filed last month.

The NPA has waged a People's War against the Philippines government, which is called "semifeudal" and "semicolonial" for half a century.

HRW called on the Duterte administration to "publicly reject this petition and ensure the safety of those listed in it - or risk being complicit in the resulting crimes".

Global rights groups and local critics have accused Duterte of drifting toward authoritarianism after declaring martial law in the south during a major attack by pro-ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) group militants a year ago. The military estimates that the guerrilla strength to be about 5,000 fighters.

Communist NPA militants march in front of local residents and supporters during the celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Dec. 26, 2010. "It is Duterte who is truly the No 1 terrorist in the Philippines", he said.

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

In a statement from the Netherlands, Sison said Duterte's move effectively kills any prospects of resuming peace negotiations.

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