Duterte threat­ens to quit UN

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PRES­I­DENT Rodrigo Duterte threat­ened yes­ter­day to with­draw the Philip­pines from the United Na­tions, as he launched an­other pro­fan­ity-laced tirade against the or­gan­i­sa­tion for crit­i­cis­ing his bloody war on crime.

More than 1500 peo­ple have been killed since Mr Duterte took office and im­me­di­ately be­gan his law-and-or­der crack­down, ac­cord­ing to po­lice sta­tis­tics, trig­ger­ing fierce crit­i­cism from the UN and rights groups.

Mr Duterte, a lawyer fa­mous for an acid tongue who has re­peat­edly told the UN not to in­ter­fere, yes­ter­day stepped up his rhetoric.

“Maybe we’ll just have to de­cide to sep­a­rate from the United Na­tions. If you are that dis­re­spect­ful, son of a whore, then I will just leave you,” Mr Duterte said in a press con­fer­ence in his home city of Davao that started about 1am.

Mr Duterte said he may even look to set up an­other in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I would in­vite every­body. I would in­vite maybe China, the African [na­tions],” he said.

The UN’s spe­cial rap­por­teur on sum­mary ex­e­cu­tions, Agnes Cal­la­mard, last week said Mr Duterte’s prom­ise of im­mu­nity and boun­ties to se­cu­rity forces who killed drug sus­pects vi­o­lated in­ter­na­tional law.

UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki­moon in June also strongly crit­i­cised Mr Duterte, who dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign promised to kill 100,000 peo­ple and dump their bod­ies in the bay in Manila.

“I un­equiv­o­cally con­demn his ap­par­ent en­dorse­ment of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, which is il­le­gal and a breach of fun­da­men­tal rights and free­doms,” Mr Ban had said. –

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