MANILA, Philippines – In another expletives-laden remarks, President Rodrigo Duterte has fired a fresh round of criticisms against the European Union (EU) for criticizing his war-on-drugs campaign.
Duterte even went to the extent of challenging the EU envoys to leave the country in 24 hours, even as he warned the union expelling the Philippines from the UN will not be allowed by the Asean and other countries like China and Russia.
“You think China and the rest of the countries in ASEAN will agree to that? Where will be the crucial vote that will come? The Security Council. And you think Russia and China will allow that?” said Duterte during a speech in Malacañang on Thursday.
The President also chided the EU for supposedly belittling the Philippines by treating the Asian country as if it knows nothing about the UN charter.
“You think we are a bunch of morons here. You are the one,” he said.
Duterte’s latest tirades was apparently in response to the threat from the Human Rights Watch’s about the Philippines possible being expelled form UN because of the continued bloody campaign against illegal drugs.
The President likewise threatened to cut the country’s ties with UN and EU, and warned the ambassadors to leave.
“The ambassadors of those countries listening now. Tell me, because we can have the diplomatic channel cut tomorrow. You leave my country in 24 hours. All, all of you,” said the President.
Duterte further stressed he will not allow anybody, not even the United States, to interfere with the country’s affairs and dictate; adding he will tell the same thing straight to their faces at the upcoming Asean Summit in November.