EU told: Mind your own business

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar—President Rodrigo Duterte described European lawmakers as “crazies” in a salty-tongued rebuttal to criticism of his deadly drug war, while vowing again that all traffickers will be killed.

Duterte fired his broadside in a late-night speech Sunday in Myanmar after the European Parliament issued a resolution last week condemning “the high number of extrajudicial killings” in Duterte’s drug war.

“I don’t get these crazies. Why are you trying to impose on us? Why don’t you mind your own business,” said Duterte, who frequently uses swear words and other abusive language against his critics.

“Why do you have to f--- with us, God damn it.”

Duterte has overseen a ruthless campaign to eradicate illegal drugs that he says are threatening to turn the Philippines into a narco-state.

Police have reported killing more than 2,500 people, while rights groups say there have been more than 7,000 other deaths linked to the drug war.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have warned Duterte may be overseeing crimes against humanity, with police allegedly running anonymous death squads.

Duterte has insisted he has not asked his security forces to break the law, although on other occasions he has called for millions of addicts to be killed and vowed to pardon police officers found guilty of murder.

On Sunday he warned many more people would be killed.

“More people will die. I said I will not stop. I will continue until the last drug lord in the Philippines is killed and the pushers [are] out of the streets,” he said.

Duterte  welcomed the prospect of the International Criminal Court putting him on trial over his bloody war on drugs, saying he would not be intimidated by these threats.

PRESIDENTIAL PLEA. President Rodrigo Duterte, visiting Myanmar for the first time as the country’s chief executive, appeals to his countrymen in a speech Monday before the Filipino community at the Horizon Lake View Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw to be more assertive of their rights and proactive in reporting corruption in his government. Malacañang Photo

“I will not be intimidated and I shall not be stopped just by what? International Criminal Court? Impeachment? If that is part of my destiny, it is my destiny to go,” Duterte said, adding that his foreign critics did not understand the Philippine situation.

“The drive against corruption, criminality and drugs will resume and it will continue and it will be brutal,” he said.

Reacting to criticism that his drug war targeted the poor, Duterte said he had to “destroy” small-time street peddlers as well as the big-time drug lords.

In its resolution, the European lawmakers also called for the UN Human Rights Council to launch a probe into Duterte’s drug war, and expressed “deep alarm” at Duterte’s plans to bring back the death penalty.

To highlight his portrayal of a clash of cultures, Duterte referred to a recent Time magazine cover article on gender and sexuality to highlight what he insisted was blanket Filipino opposition to same-sex marriage.

“That’s their culture. It does not apply to us. We are Catholics and there is the civil code which says that you can only marry a woman for me [and] for a woman to marry a man,” he said.

“You stay where God assigned you. Do not mix us all up.” With AFP

Topics: President Rodrigo Duterte , Drug war , European Parliament , Extrajudicial killings , Amnesty International , Human Rights Watch
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