PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to pull his country out of the United Nations (UN) following criticisms against his war on drugs which has claimed the lives of hundreds of suspects since he took office on June 30.
Duterte described the U.N. as inutile, and lashed out at U.S. police killings of black men.
The president also pointed to the haunting image of a bloodied child pulled from the rubble of a missile-struck building in the Syrian city of Aleppo that has been widely shared on the Internet, hitting out at the UN and U.S. for its failure to stop such deadly conflicts while he comes under fire for the deaths of criminals.
This is not the first time Duterte has publicly slammed those critical of his drug war. Last week, the straight-talking leader accused a Philippine senator and critic of having an affair with her driver whom he linked to illegal drugs.
During a news conference early Sunday morning, Duterte said he wanted to confront UN human-rights experts and challenge them over their allegations of extrajudicial killings, local media reported.
“Now I want the law expert to come here and to count the numbers of death also incurred by government with his fingers to guide him how many deaths were cost,” he was quoted as saying on GMA News.
He said the experts who openly criticized his anti-drug campaign have violated diplomatic protocol, adding that the proper procedure was to approach his government directly, instead of roasting him in public.
Last Thursday, Duterte took a swipe at the UN over the criticisms, accusing the intergovernmental organization of hypocrisy as it kept mum on mass killings in other countries.
“Here comes the UN easily swayed and coming on a very stupid proposition of, you know, for those who are killed by the drug syndicates we can only investigate, but do not attribute acts of other criminals upon my government.”
Additional reporting from the Associated Press