Philippine President Threatens to 'Slap' a UN Official

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

Asked about the war on drugs, the official said "our side is going to be talking about the drug war and ways in which that war could be prosecuted that conform with Philippine law and global norms for human rights".

Duterte last month declared the liberation of Marawi City from Islamist militants after 154 days of fighting, which killed more than 1,100 people, including 165 soldiers, and displaced almost 400,000 residents.

"When I was a teenager, I would go in and out of jail", Mr Duterte said in remarks captured on camera. "What made you think that I am even planning or thinking about visiting your country?"

Despite activists having long criticised the U.S. for what they see as an unrelenting American control over the Philippines, Duterte changed his stance toward the USA after Trump's inauguration a year ago.

"When I become president, I'll order the police and the military to find these people and kill them".

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Xi Jin Ping of China have thrown their support behind the administration's war on drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte said late Saturday.

"There are a range of issues that I could bring up with him, and I may bring [the killings] up with him if I have the opportunity, but there is no formal meeting with him", he told reporters Saturday.

The students also called on Duterte to reverse all previously signed US-Philippines treaties and end the neoliberal policies they claim resulted in socio-economic and political problems.

"This campaign (of) shoot-to-kill will remain until the last day of my term". "World summit on human rights".

Duterte seemed confident he had Trump's backing for his deadly war on drugs.

"I'd be happy to slaughter them".

As regards the South China Sea, the official said there has been a "very clear" and "consistent message" from Trump on freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. "I will slap her in front of you. Why?"

Duterte boasts that as mayor of the southern city of Davao, he has killed suspects to serve as an example to his police officers. "He is not the [head of the] Human Rights Commission", he said.

They also say it has uncomfortable similarities with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's salute.

And yet lawmakers from the European Union believe there are "credible reports" that the Philippine police force has been falsifying evidence to justify extrajudicial killings that overwhelmingly target the urban poor.

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