Roque earlier said the administration is open to having a United Nations expert investigate the country's drug war, as long as Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard is out of the picture. "The statement made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is being treated very seriously".
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Philippine national and the UN's special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said in a telephone interview that she is "concerned" about the Philippine government's attempt to list her and about 600 others as "terrorists". "[Duterte] needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination".
"As I said, the communications [between Guterres and Cayetano] are ongoing. Throw the sons of bitches there", Duterte stated, according to the Inquirer. If enforced, the government would have the power to closely monitor all of those listed and to limit their resources.
"Tauli-Corpuz and the other individuals mentioned in the petition are there due to their membership in or association with the CPP-NPA as reported over the years by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)", Cayetano pointed out.More news: Ravens cut Webb, sign OL Hurst to $17.5 million deal
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a United Nations expert on the rights of indigenous peoples, was included on the list of alleged communist guerrillas.
But Tauli-Corpuz strongly denied being a member of the CPP-NPA as she denounced her inclusion as "baseless, malicious and irresponsible" as she vowed to make accountable those people who put her life and security at risk.
Sounding every bit as hysterical and rabid as the British assets' attacks on President Trump, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, told a news conference on March 9 that President Duterte "needs to see a psychiatrist".
The President made the stern warning, as he also reiterated his order to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to remain silent, if they are asked about the supposed human rights violations linked to his anti-narcotics drive.More news: Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA) Stock Rating Upgraded by Vetr
"An immediate look at his list of "terrorists" will show that he is running amok in slandering people as 'terrorists.' There are also hundreds of John Does in the list just to intimidate a limitless number of people", he said in a statement.
Duterte has repeatedly justified his heavy-handed approach with the necessity of protecting the country from the growing menace of drug addiction, which he said has afflicted at least 1.6 million Filipinos, Al-Jazeera reports.
Sison, who is also the NDFP chief political consultant, on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte was "engaged in a wild anti-communist witch-hunt under the guise of anti-terrorism".
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