Duterte threatens to expel EU diplomats

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte buries the time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Scout Ranger Ville in San Miguel, Bulacan on October 11, 2017. Assisting the President are National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr., Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año and Philippine Army Commander MGen. Rolando Bautista. (Photo by Marcelino Pascua/Presidential Photo)

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Thursday to expel European ambassadors, accusing their governments  of plotting to get Manila expelled from the United Nations.

Duterte signalled in a fiery speech he would not tolerate European criticism of his drug war. HE accused the European Union of interfering in the Philippines’ domestic affairs, and alleged it wanted to get the Philippines expelled from the UN.

“Just like that you tell us: ‘You will be excluded in the UN’. Son of a whore go ahead,” Duterte told reporters, adding European nations were taking advantage of the Philippines being poor.

“You give us money then you start to orchestrate what things should be done and which should not happen in our country. You bullshit. We are past the colonisation stage. Don’t fuck with us.”

Duterte said he was prepared to kick European ambassadors out of the country if their governments tried to expel the Philippines.

“You think we are a bunch of morons here. You are the one. Now 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.”

The EU parliament issued a resolution last year expressing concern over the “extraordinarily high numbers killed during police operations” in the drug war.

A statement released by EU delegation to the Philippines on Thursday night in response to Duterte’s comments sought to emphasize bilateral co-operation, including at the UN.

“The EU and the Philippines work constructively and productively together in a close partnership in many contexts and areas, including, of course, in the UN context,” the statement said.


— Agence France-Presse