Duterte dares the CIA to oust him
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte has dared the CIA to try and oust him, as he branded Western critics of his deadly crime war “animals” and vowed many more killings.
In two fiery speeches to mark his 100 days in office, Mr Duterte repeatedly raised the prospect of local or foreign opponents seeking to remove him from power in an effort to stop the violence.
But he insisted he would not be intimidated and that his campaign against drugs, in which an average of more than 33 people a day are being killed, would not end.
“You want to oust me? You want to use the CIA? Go ahead,” Mr Duterte said in a speech in his southern home town of Davao city, referring to the Central Intelligence Agency, while railing against US President Barack Obama and other critics.
He also referred to a local newspaper columnist who warned a “People Power” movement could form to try and topple Mr Duterte, using the term coined for the revolution that overthrew Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
“Be my guest. I don’t give a shit,” he said. “I’ll be ousted? Fine. [If so] it’s part of my destiny. Destiny carries so many things. If I die, that’s my destiny. Presidents get assassinated.”
Since Mr Duterte took office on June 30, police have killed 1523 people while 1838 others have died in unexplained circumstances, according to official figures. –