Time to resign, Koko tells UNHR chief

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SENATE President Koko Pimentel (left) with President Rodrigo Duterte.

UNITED Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has no right to stay in his post after insulting President Rodrigo Duterte and asking the latter to have a “psychiatric” test.

So said Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III as he described the UN official as someone who has lost “the patience required of an international bureaucrat or diplomat, the nerves, the objectivity.”

Zeid’s statement was in response to Duterte’s tirades against UN rapporteurs.

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

“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.

Pimentel pointed out that the salaries of the UN officials come from the contributions of the member-nations, thus they cannot go about maligning heads of states like Duterte.

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

— jhd

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