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”.
Source: Al Jazeera News
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This is President Rodrigo Duterte’s message to the European Union (EU) after the European Parliament issued a resolution urging Philippine authorities to launch an immediate investigation into the rising death toll in his administration’s war on drugs.
Duterte made this pronouncement on Tuesday in a speech at the Sulong Pilipinas-Local Governance Dialogues at SMX Convention Center in Davao City.
“Iyong nabasa ko ang EU condemnation sa akin, sabihin ko sa kanila, ‘F— you.’ You are doing it in atonement of your sins. Ginawa nilang istrikto-istrikto kasi may guilt feelings iyan sila. Ako dito, sino ang pinatay ko, assuming it to be true? 1,007? Who are they? Criminals? You call it genocide? Ilan ang pinatay nila?” he said.
Duterte pointed out that some EU nations also committed human rights violations while occupying other countries in the past.
“Tapos itong EU ngayon has the gall to condemn me. Sige, I repeat it, f— you,” he said, before raising his middle finger as the audience applauded.
Duterte has made international headlines with his profane response to criticism of the rising death toll in the drug war. He had previously threatened to quit the United Nations over a statement by human rights officials asking him to investigate the killings, and responded with a profanity-laced tirade when asked about the possibility of discussing human rights with United States President Barack Obama.
In a resolution last week, the European Parliament said that while it agrees that drug trafficking and abuse in the Philippines “remain a serious and national concern,” it is also concerned “by the high numbers killed during police operations in the context of an intensified anti-crime and anti-drug campaign.”
It also urged the Philippine government to “launch an ‘immediate investigation’ into them and adopt ‘specific, comprehensive policies and programmes’, in full compliance with national and international obligations and respect for human rights.”
The European Parliament is composed of lawmakers from 28 European countries.
Can’t kill them all
Addressing the EU and the US, Duterte said he already released list of politicians, judges, police, and other government officials involved in drugs.
“We are in a war against our self. There is an internecine thing going on. Hindi lang ninyo alam, you don’t know, kasi you remain to be stupid,” he said.
“Sinabi ko, I showed it to media, ‘Even if I wanted to kill them all, I cannot because of the sheer number…’ It was just putting up an idiomatic ideology of killing people,” Duterte added. —JST, GMA News
Taiwan President President Tsai Ing-wen
China Says Human Rights and Taiwan Are “Internal To China Issues”
Sunday, 17 January 2016 | MYT 12:16 PM
TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Taiwan should abandon its “hallucinations” about pushing for independence, as any moves towards it would be a “poison”, Chinese state-run media said after a landslide victory for the island’s independence-leaning opposition.
Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a convincing victory in both presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday, in what could usher in a new round of instability with China, which claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own.
Tsai pledged to maintain peace with its giant neighbour China, while China’s Taiwan Affairs Office warned it would oppose any move towards independence and that Beijing was determined to defend the country’s sovereignty.
Reacting to Tsai’s victory, China’s government-controlled media used noticeably less shrill language than that levelled at Chen Shui-bian, the DPP’s last president, and noted her pledges for peace and to maintain the “status quo” with China.
But the official Xinhua news agency also warned any moves towards independence were like a “poison” that would cause Taiwan to perish.
“If there is no peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s new authority will find the sufferings of the people it wishes to resolve on the economy, livelihood and its youth will be as useless as looking for fish in a tree,” it said.
China called Chen, who led Taiwan from 2000-2008, a troublemaker and a saboteur of cross-strait ties, even as he tried to maintain stable relations with Beijing.
The Global Times, an influential tabloid published by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper, said in an editorial that if Tsai’s administration sought to “cross the red line” like Chen, Taiwan would “meet a dead end”.
“We hope Tsai can lead the DPP out of the hallucinations of Taiwan independence, and contribute to the peaceful and common development between Taiwan and the mainland,” it added.
In Taiwan, the China-friendly China Times called on Tsai to be a “dove for cross strait peace”.
“Peace across the Taiwan Strait is the most important external factor for Taiwan’s stable development,” it said in an editorial.
Tsai won 56 percent of the vote to sweep aside rival Eric Chu of the China-friendly Nationalist Party that had ruled Taiwan under incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou since 2008.
Tsai’s DPP also made huge gains in the parliamentary polls to gain an absolute majority with 68 seats in the 113-seat legislature, giving her administration a far stronger policy-making lever over the next four years, and potentially more leverage over Beijing on cross-strait deals and affairs.
China’s Foreign Ministry, in its reaction to her victory, said Taiwan was an internal matter for China, there is only one China in the world and the island’s election neither changes this reality nor international acceptance of it.
“There is only one China in the world, the mainland and Taiwan both belong to one China and China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity will not brook being broken up,” the ministry added.
“The results of the Taiwan region election does not change this basic fact and the consensus of the international community.”
Tsai has been thrust into one of Asia’s toughest and most dangerous jobs, with China pointing hundreds of missiles at the island it claims, decades after the losing Nationalists fled from Mao Zedong’s Communists to Taiwan in the Chinese civil war in 1949.
The White House said on Saturday it congratulated Tsai and said the United States maintained a “profound interest” in peace between Taiwan and China.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard and James Pomfret; Editing by Kim Coghill)
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