Duterte Blasts U.N. Human Rights Chief: Empty-Headed ‘Son of a Whore’

Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao City, in southern island of Mindanao on May 26, 2016. Explosive incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt 'sons of whores' who are to be blamed …
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Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte launched another tirade against United Nations Human Rights chief on Tuesday, describing him as an empty-headed “son of a whore.”

In a speech this week, Duterte railed against U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who last month suggested the Filipino strongman needed a “psychiatric evaluation” due to his penchant for violence and aggressive outbursts.

“Hey, son of a whore, you commissioner, I need to go to a psychiatrist?” Duterte retorted in a speech late Tuesday. “The psychiatrist told me: ‘You are OK, mayor. You are just fond of cursing.’”

Duterte added that he was advised not to respond to Hussein’s suggestion but ultimately wanted to “seek revenge.”

“Look, you have a big head but it’s empty. There is no grey matter between your ears. It’s hollow. It’s empty. It cannot even sustain a nutrient for your hair to grow because his hair here is gone,” Duterte said while touching his head.

Hussein made the comments as the United Nations Human Rights Commission continues to examine allegations of abuses carried out under Duterte’s anti-drug war, which has involved thousands of extrajudicial killings by largely unrestrained security forces.

Hussein, himself a Jordanian Prince, criticized Duterte for his “disgraceful” use of the “foulest of language,” adding that he needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation.”

Duterte has repeatedly expressed his contempt for human rights organizations expressing alarm at the brutality of his security forces, who have been accused of countless abuses under his security crackdown involving offensives against drug barons, communists, and Islamist groups.

He has also built a reputation for foul-mouthed tirades against foreign leaders, including former President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and even the Pope.

Last month, Duterte announced that he would the Philippines out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) over claims “baseless, unprecedented and outrageous attacks on my person,” while he has also cut the country’s human rights budget to just $20 a month and even suggested that feeding investigators to crocodiles.

“I am rude? I am really rude. There is nothing I can do about that,” he continued. “I kill people? Yes, I really kill people … go ahead and do drugs there. I already told you to stop … You are dreaming if you think you can jail me.”

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