President Rodrigo Duterte has once more criticized the Netherlands-based International Criminal Court and the European Union, showing his impiety against these two organizations and imposing what they said were Western values on the Philippines.
In his speech Friday at the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology forum in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu, the President, addressing the ICC, said:.
“You’re all bulls*****. They want to send me to prison and try me for genocide... They’re a bunch of criminals. Show me how they died, when they died, where? Nothing.”
“They [the ICC] would just say, ‘Duterte time, 4,000 killed.’ Me killing 4,000? I won’t even have time to sit for a sh*t. It would keep me busy for 24 hours,” he said.
Duterte issued the statement following White House National Security Advisor John Bolton’s attack on the Hague-based rights body.
Directing his ire against the European Union, Duterte said: “What’s your problem? Who are you to run my country? That’s the problem with the European Union.
“They are into international governing. They create an ICC, European community, and they try to impose their values and the way they think how criminal is categorized. It’s neocolonialism,” he said, in reference to an expansionist doctrine.
Duterte is facing complaints before the ICC over his war on drugs and his reported role in the alleged death squad killings in Davao City, where he ruled as mayor for over two decades.
The President has withdrawn the Philippines’ ratification of the United Nations treaty that created the ICC, but it is being questioned before the Supreme Court.
Duterte, an alumnus of the Catholic school San Beda University, also criticized Catholic Church leaders for purportedly turning a blind eye to cases of abuse by its priests.
“They all keep on making this facade of righteousness when they know that after all they are also bunch of sh*t,” he said.
Continuing his rant, Duterte said “Asking [for] cars from the government, getting [them] free, when they know very well that there is a separation of Church and State, that no money of the government should be spent for benefit of religion.”