Philip­pines’ Duterte un­leashes more pro­fan­ity at the EU

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MANILA (Philip­pines) — Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has un­leashed a se­ries of ex­ple­tives against the Euro­pean Union af­ter its par­lia­ment called on the Philip­pine gov­ern­ment to “put an end” to the killings of drug sus­pects.

Mem­ber coun­tries of the Euro­pean Union last week called for strict mon­i­tor­ing of hu­man rights abuses in the Philip­pines fol­low­ing pub­lic state­ments by Duterte on his “war on drugs”.

Since June 30 when Duterte took of­fice, more than 3 500 peo­ple have been killed in po­lice op­er­a­tions and at­tacks by uniden­ti­fied as­sailants.

“I have read the con­dem­na­tion of the Euro­pean Union. I’m telling them, ‘F**k you,’” Duterte said in a mix of Filipino and English dur­ing a speech to lo­cal busi­ness­men in his home­town of Davao City on Tues­day.

De­scrib­ing the EU as hyp­ocrites, Duterte said the group­ing “has the gall to con­demn me” de­spite his­tor­i­cal records show­ing what mem­ber coun­tries, such as France and Britain, have done in the Mid­dle East.

He said the EU is try­ing to “atone” for its sins and “guilt feel­ings” over oc­cu­py­ing other coun­tries in the past. “I re­peat it, ‘F**k you!’,” Duterte said as he raised his right hand and gave a mid­dle fin­ger to ap­plause from the au­di­ence.

The EU had urged the Philip­pine gov­ern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate abuses “in full com­pli­ance with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions and re­spect for hu­man rights”.

“Pres­i­dent Duterte re­peat­edly urged law en­force­ment agen­cies and the pub­lic to kill sus­pected drug traf­fick­ers who did not sur­ren­der, as well as drug users,” the EU politi­cians said in a res­o­lu­tion.

“Pres­i­dent Duterte pub­licly stated he would not pur­sue law en­force­ment of­fi­cers and cit­i­zens who killed drug deal­ers who re­sisted ar­rest.”

Ear­lier this month, Duterte di­rected pro­fan­i­ties at UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon and US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, af­ter they made sim­i­lar com­ments about the mount­ing death toll in the Philip­pines.

Duterte later apol­o­gised for call­ing Obama “a son of a whore”. — Al Jazeera

Bosco Nta­ganda

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