by AFP and Genalyn D. Kabiling
Naypyidaw, Myanmar – President Duterte has described European lawmakers as “crazies” in a salty-tongued rebuttal to criticism of his deadly drug war, while vowing again that all traffickers will be killed.
Duterte fired his broadside in a late-night speech Sunday in Myanmar after the European Parliament issued a resolution last week condemning “the high number of extrajudicial killings (EJKs)” in Duterte’s drug war.
“I don’t get these crazies. Why are you trying to impose on us? Why don’t you mind your own business,” said Duterte, who frequently uses swear words and other abusive language against his critics.
“Why do you have to f–k with us, God damn it.”
Duterte, who took office in the middle of last year, has overseen a ruthless campaign to eradicate illegal drugs that he says are threatening to turn the Philippines into a narco-state.
Police have reported killing more than 2,500 people, while rights groups say there have been more than 5,000 other deaths linked to the drug war.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have warned Duterte may be overseeing crimes against humanity, with police allegedly running anonymous death squads.
DUTERTE REJECTS EJK
While President Duterte may have issued death threats against criminals out of rage, he emphasized that he will not go far as tolerating extrajudicial killings in the country.
The President said he knows that he will be the first to be killed if he issues “illegal orders” to policemen to murder crime suspects.
“There will never be a time that I will condone killing with a criminal or a person arrested with up straight arms begging for his life or what would popularly known as extrajudicial killing,” the President said in his remarks in Davao City last Sunday.
“Because the police are not allowed to follow illegal orders. Papatayin ako niyang mga ‘yan especially the officers,” he said.
“Maniwala kaya sa akin patayin mo ‘yung mga tao na nakahiga, nakatalikod? Ako ang babarilin niyan,” he added.
The President, however, defended the country’s policemen and soldiers, especially those who graduated from the Philippine Military Academy and the Philippine National Police Academy, saying they have been well-trained not to follow illegal orders from their superiors such as killing suspects with their hands up.
He said it was unfair that some people doubt the honorable policemen who perform their duty.
The President, however, conceded that police scalawags may not be as honorable as other men in uniform.
“We do not discount the possibility of them killing each other or scalawags in government who are into drugs and trying to silence the guys that I [am] dealing with. That is a possibility which I must accept,” he said.
‘DO NOT RESIST ARREST’
Duterte explained that some drug suspects were shot by policemen because they violently resisted arrest and put the lawmen’s lives in danger.
He advised crime suspects not to fight with lawmen and just surrender peacefully.
“If you are a criminal and you are caught in the act, do not fight because if you place the guy’s life – place it in jeopardy of losing it, my order is to shoot you,” he said. “I do not want to see military men on my side killed. I’d rather that the criminals, however, thousands or billions they are, they should be the first to go,” he added.
Reacting to criticism that his drug war targeted the poor, Duterte said he had to “destroy” small-time street peddlers as well as the big-time drug lords.
In its resolution, the European lawmakers also called for the UN Human Rights Council to launch a probe into Duterte’s drug war, and expressed “deep alarm” at Duterte’s plans to bring back the death penalty.
To highlight his portrayal of a clash of cultures, Duterte referred to a recent Time magazine cover article on gender and sexuality to highlight what he insisted was blanket Filipino opposition to same-sex marriage.
“That’s their culture. It does not apply to us. We are Catholics and there is the civil code which says that you can only marry a woman for me (and) for a woman to marry a man,” he said.
“You stay where God assigned you. Do not mix us all up.”