Duterte orders Philippine Police out of anti-drug campaigns

Cheryl Sanders
October 13, 2017

Furious over their interference in the country's affairs, President Duterte has warned the group of visiting parliamentarians claiming to be representing the European Union (EU) to leave the country in 24 hours after lobbying for the country's removal from the United Nations (UN). O. children. Do it, "he said".

He threatened to expel European Union envoys within 24 hours, saying Europe was plotting to get the Philippines ejected from the UN.

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella clarified Duterte's remarks.

In a statement, the EU Delegation also distanced itself from a group of "international delegates" who visited the country early this week and strongly criticized Duterte's anti-illegal drugs campaign. You son of a bitch.

Addressing the envoys, he said: "You leave my country in 24 hours, all, all of you".

"You want to expel us? You give money and then you start to orchestrate what things should be done".

The remainder of his tirade included a number of swear words.

The EU had no statement calling for the Philippines' removal from the United Nations but a seven-member delegation from the Progressive Alliance and the Party of European Socialists visited the country and called on the Duterte administration to stop killing suspected drug addicts and silencing its critics.

The EU and the Philippines, it said, both "work constructively and productively together in a close partnership in many contexts and areas, including, of course, in the United Nations context".

It is not the first time President Duterte has attacked the European Union over its criticism of his brutal crackdown on drugs.

Last year, Duterte made an expletive-laden speech against the European Union, calling former colonial powers such as Britain and France "hypocritical".

The order comes two days after a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed Duterte's public satisfaction rating plunging - believed to be due to the continuous rise of killings in his violent war on drugs.

In a memorandum dated Tuesday, October 10, Duterte directed the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to be the "sole agency" to conduct all campaigns and operations against illegal drugs.

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