Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday said he agrees with the suggestion of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein that President Rodrigo Duterte should take a psychiatric evaluation.
"His murderous and erratic ways plus his crass, twisted and perverted statements are indicative of a deeply sick mind," Trillanes said in a statement.
"Hindi 'yan normal na pag-iisip, lalo na ng isang Filipino," he added.
Because of Duterte's lashing at UN officials, Zeid said "it makes one believe that the president of the Philippines needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation."
Zeid himself had received a profanity-laced tirade from Duterte.
Trillanes said Duterte should go through a psychiatric evaluation for the public's safety.
"For the sake of the safety and well-being of the entire Filipino nation whose lives are subjected to his power, I call on Duterte to prove that he has a sound mental health by going through a psychiatric evaluation," he said.
Senator Panfilo Lacson earlier said Zeid's statement was unbecoming of a UN official.
Lacson added that Duterte's tirades against UN officials does not mean it is proper to return the insult to him.
"Kung sa tingin nila ay pambabastos yung ginawa ng pangulo, at marami sa atin ganun din ang pananaw, e bakit naman nila gagawin yung sa tingin nila ay maling pananalita? Saan sila lulugar nun?" he said.
"Sinasabi nila mali. Pero sinasabi rin ba nilang tama yung pang-iinsultong ginagawa ng pangulo kasi ganun din ang ginawa niya?" he added.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque also said that Zeid's remark is an insult to countries with democratically elected leaders.
"Your language was not just an insult to the Filipinos, but to all countries who have democratically elected their heads of states," he said. —Erwin Colcol/ALG, GMA News