Duterte gives EU mid­dle fin­ger

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

MANILA: Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has launched a pro­fan­ity-filled tirade against the Euro­pean Union, in his lat­est ri­poste to in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism of the ris­ing death toll in his bru­tal crack­down on crime.

Duterte punc­tu­ated his in­sults with a rude sign – rais­ing his mid­dle fin­ger – after the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment con­demned “the cur­rent wave of ex­tra­ju­di­cial ex­e­cu­tions and killings in the Philip­pines”.

“I say to them: You’re do­ing it in atone­ment for your sins,” he told lo­cal of­fi­cials in his south­ern home city of Davao late on Tues­day in com­ments filmed by broad­caster ABS-CBN.

Sin­gling out France and Bri­tain, Duterte said the par­lia­ment’s mem­bers were “hyp­ocrites” whose colo­nial-era an­ces­tors killed “thou­sands” of Arabs and other peo­ples.

“They’re tak­ing the high ground to as­suage their feel­ings of guilt. But who did I kill? As­sum­ing it to be true, 1,700, who are they? Crim­i­nals. You call that geno­cide.

“Now the EU has the gall to con­demn me,” he said, rais­ing his mid­dle fin­ger.

In a sep­a­rate speech at a mil­i­tary camp on Tues­day, Duterte also re­peated a vow to shield po­lice or sol­diers from pros­e­cu­tion.

“If you mas­sacre a hun­dred and you also num­ber a hun­dred, why, all of you will get par­dons. Plus a pro­mo­tion to boot.” – AFP

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