Duterte gives EU middle finger
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