Philip­pines’ Duterte calls Euro­pean crit­ics ‘cra­zies’

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NAYPYIDAW: Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has de­scribed Euro­pean law­mak­ers as “cra­zies” in a re­but­tal to crit­i­cism of his deadly drug war.

Duterte fired his broad­side in a late-night speech on Sun­day in Myan­mar af­ter the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment is­sued a res­o­lu­tion last week con­demn­ing “the high num­ber of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings” in Duterte’s drug war.

“I don’t get these cra­zies. Why are you try­ing to im­pose on us? Why don’t you mind your own busi­ness?” said Duterte.

Duterte, who took of­fice in the mid­dle of last year, has over­seen a ruth­less cam­paign to erad­i­cate il­le­gal drugs that he says are threat­en­ing to turn the Philip­pines into a narco-state.

Po­lice have re­ported killing more than 2,500 peo­ple, while rights groups say there have been more than 5,000 other deaths linked to the drug war.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional and Hu­man Rights Watch have warned Duterte may be over­see­ing crimes against hu­man­ity, with po­lice al­legedly run­ning anony­mous death squads.

On Sun­day, he warned many more peo­ple would be killed.

“More peo­ple will die. I said I will not stop. I will con­tinue un­til the last drug lord in the Philip­pines is killed and the push­ers (are) out of the streets,” he said.

Re­act­ing to crit­i­cism that his drug war tar­geted the poor, Duterte said he had to “de­stroy” small-time street ped­dlers as well as the big-time drug lords.

In its res­o­lu­tion, the Euro­pean law­mak­ers also called for the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil to launch a probe into Duterte’s drug war, and ex­pressed “deep alarm” at Duterte’s plans to bring back the death penalty.

To high­light his por­trayal of a clash of cul­tures, Duterte re­ferred to a re­cent Time mag­a­zine cover ar­ti­cle on gen­der and sex­u­al­ity to high­light what he in­sisted was blan­ket Filipino op­po­si­tion to same-sex mar­riage.

“That’s their cul­ture. It does not ap­ply to us.

“We are Catholics and there is the civil code which says that you can only marry a woman for me (and) for a woman to marry a man,” he said. AFP

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