‘A personal and official insult’: Duterte blasts Trudeau for bringing up HR, EJK issues

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)-Canada 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
  • President scored Canadian prime minister for bringing up issue of EJKs in PH
  • He said he does not have to explain to foreigners, will only answer to Filipinos
  • He also advised him to hear gov’t’s side, not just believe critics right away

MANILA, Philippines  –  President Rodrigo Duterte blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the latter brought up the issue of human rights and extrajudicial killings during their meeting; saying he took it as an insult.

“I said I will not explain, it is a personal and official insult, that is why you hear me throwing down epithets and curses,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

According to Duterte, he did not have to explain himself to a foreigner as he would only answer to Filipinos.

“You know, I was elected by the people of the Republic of the Philippines. I only answer to the people of the Republic of the Philippines,” he said. “I will answer the fisherman and the farmer and I will explain to them patiently why it is so, but I will never, never allow a foreigner to question why it is so.”

“It angers me when you are a foreigner, you do not know exactly what is happening to this country,” he added.

The president also said he told Trudeau to hear the government’s side as well, and not just outright believe claims being laid out by his critics.

“What happened to the right to be heard? I told him, did it not occur to you to wonder why while they are showing extrajudicial killings, they can’t even produce when, what happened, when, and how?” he said. “My advice to everybody, the ones that I cursed publicly is, do not get your documents from the opposition and from the communists.”