Philippine President Needs A 'Psychiatric Evaluation — Top UN Official

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte

"The High Commissioner may not be aware of it but he is being used in a well-orchestrated effort to destabilize a legitimate government that is being undertaken by parties with self-serving agendas and who stand to benefit the most by unseating President Duterte", the foreign affairs chief said.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein told a news conference on Friday that Duterte's attacks against UN human rights activists suggest he needs to see a psychiatrist.

Indigenous leaders and UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Ms. Tauli-Corpuz have been put on a terror list, issued by Philippines State Prosecutor, February 21st.

According to The Independent, Philippine national Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a United Nations special rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, was mentioned in a list of alleged communist guerillas that was recently submitted to a Manila court.

"Perhaps, the UN High Commissioner's language is because of the fact that they don't have democracy in their own state of Jordan", he said. "She can dispute the classification in the Regional Trial Court where the petition to declare the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group is now pending", Roque said.

"The world actually needs more Dutertes", Cayetano said, describing the Philippine president as a leader with empathy who's ready to sacrifice his life to protect the people.

He also defended the inclusion of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on the list of 600 Communists submitted to a Manila court, insisting that everyone on the list was suspected of "membership in or association with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army [NPA] as reported over the years", and they would have a chance to prove otherwise in court.

In a statement from Ms. Carling defending herself, she writes "I expect to have the possibility to take legal action to clear my name, and expect the Government to ensure the physical safety of those of us who are listed in the petition, as called for by United Nations experts".

Human Rights Watch called the list a "virtual government hit list" and cited "a long history in the Philippines of the state security forces and pro-government militias assassinating people labeled as NPA members or supporters".

The petition included 18 top leaders of the CPP, including founder Jose Maria Sison and peace negotiator Luis Jalandoni, both based in the Netherlands for three decades.

Using an expletive, he warned, "Don't (mess) with me, girls".

There was no basis for the charge of terrorism, said Mr Sison, who was a mentor of Mr Duterte when he was at university, although the two are now bitter rivals.

The Duterte administration is seeking to have the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the NPA, formally declared terrorist organizations that are seeking to overthrow the government.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, wearing a military uniform, gestures as he delivers a speech during the 67th founding anniversary of the First Scout Ranger regiment in San Miguel town, Bulacan province, north of Manila, Philippines November 24, 2017.

Duterte's spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

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