Duterte threatens to leave the UN, defends war against drugs

Duterte threatens to leave the UN, defends war against drugs

- President Duterte threatened to leave the U.N. for its continued criticism of his anti-drug campaign

- However, Duterte said that he is still willing to meet with U.N. representatives to explain the spate of summary killings

- The President also clarified that policemen are only allowed to kill criminals who violently resist arrest

President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte slammed the United Nations (U.N.) on Sunday for voicing its concern about the spate of summary killings in the country. The President also threatened to leave the U.N. for its supposedly “insulting” attitude towards his administration.

"Kung ganon kayo kabastos, umalis na kami diyan sa inyo (If you are that insulting, it would be better for us to leave). Take us out of your organization. You have done nothing anyway,” Duterte proclaimed.

Duterte threatens to leave the UN, defends war against drugs

President Rodrigo Duterte (Photo source: Inquirer)

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Duterte’s statement came after Agnes Callamard, the special rapporteur of the U.N. on summary executions, posted on social media that she is planning to investigate the spate of extra-judicial killings in the country.

However, Duterte said that he is willing to meet with U.N. representatives to explain the recent spate of summary executions and show relevant statistics about his aggressive drug campaign.

Duterte also clarified that he does not endorse vigilante killings and that he only allows policemen to kill drug criminals if they violently resist arrest.

"My orders are for the police to go out and hunt for criminals. I tell them to arrest these criminals if they surrender peacefully, but kill them if they put up a violent struggle,” the President explained.

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Duterte added that his aggressive approach towards drug criminals is brought about by his duty to protect the innocent citizens in the country, many of whom voted for him in the May 9 elections.

"My job as President is to protect law-abiding citizens… I say this because 16 million people voted for me and I have a large margin between me and the next candidate,” he said.

According to Duterte, the U.N. should not criticize the drug war in the Philippines because they lack the relevant knowledge and information about the different aspects of fighting crime in the country such as the lack of funds, resources and available spaces for arrested criminals. – Kami Media

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