Roque taunts United Nations rights chief: Your country has no democracy

U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people Vicky Tauli-Corpuz

The president of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers, Edre Olalia, who called the list "an odd concoction", said the petition was "part of a shotgun witchhunt designed to sow and create a condition of widespread and extraordinary fear and panic among the populace, in order to coerce the critics, dissenters, social activists, human rights defenders and revolutionaries alike to give in to the government's repressive demand". "I'm very tempted to respond in similar language but I have opted to restrain myself, opting not to respond in the same ad hominem used by the UN High Commissioner", Roque said.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in Geneva on Friday that Duterte's attacks on UN officials are "unacceptable" and "cannot go unanswered".

Listing some of Manila's actions against United Nations envoys, including reportedly filing terrorism charges against one, rights chief Zeid Raad al Hussein said: "it makes one believe that the president of the Philippines needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation".

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

"And I hope and expect the Human Rights Council to respond accordingly", he added.

"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.

Roque, meanwhile, said Zeid's language was an insult to all countries with democratically-elected state leaders.

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NAN reports that Duterte declared a United Nations special rapporteur, a former Philippines lawmaker and four former Catholic priests and 600 communist guerrillas as "terrorists". "This sort of comment really is unacceptable, unacceptable", Zeid said at his Friday news conference.

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

A day before Zeid issued the comment, he also criticized Duterte for ordering the police not to cooperate in any UN investigation into the drug war, continuing to vilify UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard, and encouraging Philippine troops to shoot female rebels in their genitals.

In response to Al-Hussein's remarks, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said he had "cast untoward aspersions regarding the President of the Republic of the Philippines".

The country's justice ministry said last month that it was seeking for a Manila court to officially declare both the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA) as "terrorist" groups. "We are shocked that the Special Rapporteur is being targeted because of her work defending the rights of indigenous peoples", said Michel Forst, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, chairperson of the Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures, in a joint statement.

Duterte has been waging a large-scale war against drug-traffickers in the Philippines since June 2016, in accordance with his election promises.

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.

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