Philippine leader calls UN official "idiot" for murder probe call

Philippine leader calls UN official "idiot" for murder probe call
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his speech prior to departing for a visit to Brunei and China at Davao airport on October 16, 2016.
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Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte called a top UN official an "idiot" and "joker" on Thursday for urging that murder investigations be launched against the president after he admitted personally killing people.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Tuesday said Philippine judicial authorities should probe Duterte's accounts of having carried out killings when he was mayor of Davao City.

"This guy (Zeid) is ever the joker or crazy," Duterte said during a televised speech, and repeatedly called him "stupid".

"You UN officials, sitting there on your asses, we pay you your salaries. You idiot, do not tell me what to do ... Who gave you the right?"

Duterte told businessmen last week that when mayor he"personally" killed criminals on the streets and later admitted shooting dead three men involved in a kidnapping case, during a police gunfight in the late 1980s.

Zeid on Tuesday said investigations should also be opened into deadly anti-drugs campaigns in Davao when Duterte was mayor and the "shocking" number of deaths during the current nationwide campaign.

More than 6,000 people have been killed as part of Duterte's crackdown, a third by police and the rest still officially under investigation. Duterte says the shootings by police were in self-defence.

Duterte has previously threatened to withdraw from the UN and called it "inutile" for being slow to respond to crises. "Please shut up because your brain is lacking there," he told Zeid. "Go back to school. You United Nations, you do not know diplomacy. You do not know how to behave to be an employee of the United Nations.

"You do not talk to me like that, you son of a b****."

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President Rodrigo Duterte's official visit to Singapore

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    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte poses for selfies with Filipinos living in Singapore after an orchid naming ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte arrives for an orchid naming ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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    The Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte, a hybrid orchid named after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, at an orchid naming ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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    ilippines President Rodrigo Duterte poses with the Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte, a hybrid orchid named after him, during an orchid naming ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte looks at the Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte, a hybrid orchid named after him.

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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong receiving His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of The Republic Of The Philippines on 16 December 2016.

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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of The Republic Of The Philippines at lunch hosted by PM Lee on 16 December 2016.

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    Group photo at lunch hosted by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of The Republic Of The Philippines on 16 December 2016.

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    Mr Bernard Carpio, 40, took time off from work and came here with his wife and two children to show his support for President Duterte.

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    Event volunteers taking a group picture with a standee of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

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    Members of the Filipino community arriving at Singapore Expo.

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    State visit to Singapore by President of the Republic of Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Venue: Istana.

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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is in Singapore for a two-day visit.

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    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) with Singapore President Tony Tan at the welcome ceremony held for the former at the Istana.

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    State visit to Singapore by President of the Republic of Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Venue: Istana.

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    State visit to Singapore by President of the Republic of Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Venue: Istana.

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    State visit to Singapore by President of the Republic of Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Venue: Istana.

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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) meets with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at the Istana on 15 December 2016. Mr Duterte is on a two-day state visit to Singapore.

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    State visit to Singapore by President of the Republic of Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Venue: Istana.

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    The Philippine President is on a 2-day visit to Singapore.

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    Mr Duterte's visit to Singapore is his first since he took office in June.

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    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte inspects an honour guard with Singapore's President Tony Tan at the Istana in Singapore on December 15, 2016.

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    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte prepares to inspect an honour guard with Singapore's President Tony Tan at the Istana on December 15, 2016.

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    Mr Duterte inspects an honour guard in a welcome ceremony for him at the Istana.

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    After the welcome ceremony, Dr Tan will host a State Banquet in honour of his Philippine counterpart.

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    On Dec 16, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will host Mr Duterte to lunch.

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    During his visit, the Philippine President will also meet Singapore business leaders and have an orchid named in his honour at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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