Duterte to EU politicians: ‘I Would be Happy to Hang You’

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte reacted violently after the EU Parliament adopted a resolution condemning his war on drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the EU to stay out of his business, after the EU Parliament passed a resolution condemning the “many extrajudicial killings” taking place in the Philippines.

Duterte was elected President on the platform of combating criminal and curbing power of drugs dealers in the country. Duterte delivered his promise to launch a merciless campaign against crime and drugs, but his brutal measures caused criticism from Western leaders.

More than 8,000 people have been killed since Duterte took power in June last year. However, Duterte brushed off all criticism. He violently denounced the EU in a series of combative statements.

In a graphic speech, fuming Duterte said:

“You madmen, you sons of b******. Stop interfering with us. I would be happy to hang you. If it were up to me I would hang you all.”

“They should mind their own business. They cannot dictate on the Philippine government on what to do with its constituent facing criminal charges.”

Nor can they can interfere with the judicial processes of our country.”

Philippine authorities declared war on drugs. So far, police have taken responsibility for more than 2,500 deaths during their anti-drugs operations. The authorities deny the allegations by local and international human rights organizations that police are involved in thousands of extrajudicial killings.

The EU parliament’s resolution said it supported fighting drugs, but from the source, not the consumer. The resolution also called Manila to “prioritise” the fight against trafficking networks and drug barons over tracking down small-scale consumers.

Duterte has rejected criticism from the EU and vowed to continue his war on drugs. “I will kill more if only to get rid of drugs”, he said in a mix of Filipino and English.

Source: Daily Express

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