PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte reiterated on Tuesday, November 14, that no foreigner may question him on domestic issues, specifically the purported human rights violations in line with his deadly war on illegal drugs.
He said the remarks of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were a "personal and official insult."
Trudeau said in a press conference earlier Tuesday that he raised Canada's concern on alleged human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings with the firebrand Philippine President.
Asked how Duterte reacted, Trudeau said the latter was "receptive".
But in a press conference at the end of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Manila Tuesday evening, Duterte lamented that the international community is not giving his government the opportunity to exercise its "right to be heard."
He said he would not explain his policies to foreign countries. He will only explain his side to his fellow Filipinos.
"You know, I was elected by the people of the Republic of the Philippines, I only answer to the people of the Republic of the Philippines. But for the others, I just said, what happened to the right to be heard? I told him (Trudeau), 'Did it not occur to you to wonder why?' What they only presented was extrajudicial killing but they could not produce what happened, when and how'," Duterte said.
"I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult. That is why you hear me throwing down epithets, cursing and saying b*** sh***, everything. It angers me when you are a foreigner, you do not know exactly what is happening in this country. You do not investigate," he added.
Amid the government's relentless fight against illegal drugs, Duterte has drawn global criticisms over the reported violations of human rights and the alleged summary executions of suspected drug traffickers.
Duterte advised his critics to not give opinions based on "falsified" documents presented by the opposition.
"You can investigate. Fine. Look guys, what I’m really asking, I said a lot before, 'Why don’t you investigate first and find out whatever happened? Why can you not give us our government the simple rule of the right to be heard?'" the President said.
“My advice to everybody is do not get your documents from the opposition and from the communists because I said they were all falsified,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)