Pimentel urged United Nations human rights chief to quit over anti-Duterte remarks

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on Monday urged United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to resign from his post after insulting President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Mag-isip na siya kasi kung kailangan siya umabot sa ganyan, papatol, tapos iinsultuhin, pepersonalin (ang head of state), maybe he lost the patience required of an international  bureaucrat or diplomat, the nerves, the objectivity,” Pimentel said.

“So siya na magsabi. Mag-resign na siya kung time na,” he added.

Zeid earlier said that Duterte needed “to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation” after his repeated rants against UN human rights officials.

Zeid said the attacks against UN officials should not go unanswered.

Pimentel said UN officials, as international bureaucrats and diplomats, must show extreme patience and should show respect to the member nations.

“Dapat mahaba ang pasensya nila and then huwag sila mang-insulto ng personal if they have an issue against the country or head of the state,” Pimentel said.

He said the salaries of the UN officials came from the contributions of the member-nations.

“Aatakihin mo nang personal ang member-state, it’s a no-no. I believe the official knows about that sa tagal na niya. He should review his policies, his personal policies, baka nawalan na siya ng patience na dapat sa isang UN official,” Pimentel said.

He said the UN officials should not use their position and the UN as an organization to attack the head of a member-state.