PRESIDENT Duterte on Tuesday let loose a fresh tirade against the European Union (EU) after it had called for a halt to the extrajudicial killing of drug suspects in the Philippines.
“I read the condemnation of the European Union against me. I will tell them fuck you. You’re doing it in atonement for your sins,” Mr. Duterte said in a speech before local government officials in Davao City.
The President said the members of the European Union had become strict [about human rights] because they had “guilt feelings” over the atrocities they had committed in the past.
He called them hypocrites, adding that a check of encyclopedias would show what European countries had done. For instance, he said, France and Great Britain had killed Arabs.
“And then the European Union now has the gall to condemn me. I repeat it, fuck you,” he said.
Mr. Duterte asked whom he was supposed to have killed in the Philippines.
Assuming that the accusations against him were true—and there were over 1,000 killed in the country—he asked who were the people who were killed.
“Who were they? Criminals? You call it genocide? How many did they kill?” he said, alluding to the Europeans.