President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday remained unfazed on the threat of critics to remove the Philippines from the United Nations’ (UN) membership if his administration fails to stop the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.
“Maybe this will suffice for the stupid European Union guys. You know, they were all focused on how many deaths… And they threatened us, they said they will have us expelled from the UN,” Duterte said in a speech.
“My God, do it, stupid. Do it now,” Duterte said in a speech during the inauguration of the newly-renovated press briefing room in Malacañang.
The President made the statement after a human rights group called for the ouster of the Philippines from UN over the continued killings of drug suspects either in vigilante-style street executions or police operations related to Duterte’s war on drugs.
On October 9, New York-based Human Rights Watch on warned that the Philippines would be at risk of being removed from the UN Human Rights Council because of alleged human rights violation in the country.
The EU had no statement calling for the Philippines’ removal from the UN but a seven-member delegates from the Progressive Alliance and the Party of European Socialists visited the country and called on the Duterte administration to stop killing suspected drug addicts and silencing its critics. /idl
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