Duterte threatens to quit UN
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. –