Duterte dares the CIA to oust him

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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