Duterte gives EU the mid­dle fin­ger

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PHILIP­PINE Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has launched a pro­fan­i­ty­filled tirade against the Euro­pean Union in his lat­est ri­poste to in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism of the ris­ing death toll in his bru­tal crack­down on crime.

Mr 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, f#@! you. You’re do­ing it in atone­ment for your sins,” he told lo­cal of­fi­cials in his south­ern home city of Davao late on Septem­ber 20 in com­ments filmed by broad­caster ABS-CBN.

The 71-year-old leader had re­acted along sim­i­lar lines to ear­lier for­eign crit­i­cism of his drug war, call­ing US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama a “son of a whore” and curs­ing the United Na­tions.

Mr Duterte won elec­tions in a land­slide in May af­ter vow­ing to erad­i­cate the il­le­gal drug trade in six months, and promis­ing that 100,000 crim­i­nals would be killed in the process.

Since he took of­fice on June 30 about 3000 peo­ple have been killed, about one-third of them sus­pects shot dead by po­lice and the rest mur­dered by uniden­ti­fied at­tack­ers, ac­cord­ing to po­lice sta­tis­tics.

Mr Duterte said on Septem­ber 19 he needed to ex­tend his crime war for an­other six months be­cause the prob­lem was worse than ex­pected.

The EU par­lia­ment last week said it was con­cerned about the “ex­traor­di­nar­ily high num­bers killed dur­ing po­lice op­er­a­tions ... in the con­text of an in­ten­si­fied anti-crime and anti-drug cam­paign”.

Mr Duterte must “put an end to the cur­rent wave of ex­tra­ju­di­cial ex­e­cu­tions and killings ... [and] launch an im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion into [them]”, the EU res­o­lu­tion said.

Sin­gling out France and Bri­tain, Mr 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, 1700, who are they? Crim­i­nals. You call that geno­cide,” he said.

“Now the EU has the gall to con­demn me. So I re­peat it. F#@! you,” he said, rais­ing his mid­dle fin­ger.

In a sep­a­rate speech, Mr Duterte

also re­peated a vow to shield po­lice or sol­diers from pros­e­cu­tion.

“If you mas­sacre 100 and you also num­ber 100, why, all of you will get par­dons. Re­stored to full po­lit­i­cal and civil rights plus a pro­mo­tion to boot,” he told sol­diers at a mil­i­tary camp.

Photo: EPA

Ro­drigo Duterte does not tol­er­ate any op­po­si­tion to his war on drugs.

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