Friday July 20, 2018

Duterte unfazed by threat of PHL removal from UN

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday brushed aside the threat of the Philippines' possible removal from the United Nations (UN) if the government fails to stop extrajudicial killings.

Duterte said he was not threatened that the Philippines would lose its UN membership, stressing that he was appalled by the international body's apparent interference in the country's domestic affairs.

"Start delisting the Philippines from the UN. Go ahead if you can," said Duterte during the relaunch of Press Working Room at the Malacañang's New Executive Building in San Miguel, Manila.

"Go ahead. You are interfering in our affairs because we're just poor. You would give us money then you start to orchestrate what things should be done and which should not happen in my country. You b*** s***, we are past the colonization stage," he added.

On September 30, the Philippine Universal Periodic Review Watch urged the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) on September 30 to repeal Philippines' membership because of the country's alleged "total mockery of human rights mechanisms, with the government's blatant distortion of facts on extrajudicial killings and human rights violation."

In an October 10 report by the newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), the Human Right Watch (HRW) reportedly said that the Philippines might face sanctions from the UN and European Union (EU), if Duterte fails to stop the spate of killings related to his brutal crackdown on illegal drugs.

Edgardo Angara, Duterte's special envoy to the EU, clarified in a statement also posted by PDI on October 11 that the European bloc did not make such statement.

"The seven-member delegations dire warning, as reported by the Inquirer or Tuesday, that the Philippines could be expelled from the UNHRC and forfeit its preferential trade with [the EU], is a gross misinterpretation," Angara said.

Despite Angara's clarification, Duterte launched tirades peppered with profanities against the EU for its supposed threat against the Philippines.

The President, in his latest remark, called out the EU's ambassadors to the Philippines to leave the country within 24 hours.

"Now, the ambassadors of those countries listening now… you leave my country within 24 hours. All of you," said Duterte.

"May you end up happy with what you have done. Do not come to this country again. We do not need you," he added.

Unfazed by the Philippines' possible ouster as a member of UNHRC, the President bragged that the country can survive through the assistance of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and two of his most sought-allies, China and Russia.

"You think China and Russia will allow that? You are underestimating us because you think we don't know about the charter of the United Nations... There's always China and Russia, why should we worry?" Duterte said.

"Don't f*** with us. We, Asean members, can export to each other. We can also have tariff-free [trade]." (SunStar Philippines)