Rodrigo Duterte appeared to invite the United Nations and the European Union to the Philippines to investigate the heavy death toll in the country’s war on drugs.
Speaking at the inauguration of a power plant in Misamis Oriential yesterday, Duterte made the invitation which was actually a challenge to his foreign critics.
“I am inviting Ban Ki, EU – send their best lawyers, pati [UN] rapporteurs, to come to the Philippines for an investigation,” the President dared them.
“But, in keeping with the time-honored principle of the right to be heard, matapos nila akong tanungin, tanungin ko sila. Siya! Isa-isahin ko sila. In an open forum. You can use the Senate or iyong Folk Arts Center, whatever, everybody here will be invited. Tapos manood kayo. Tignan n’yo kung paano ko lampasuhin iyang mga yawa na iyan,” he added.
The UN and EU both expressed concern on the spate of killings of drug suspects since Duterte took office on June 30.
The President won the elections with a promise to suppress crime, drugs, and corruption.
Earlier, Duterte slammed the UN secretary-general and the EU for criticizing his war on drugs’ impact on human rights.
Records showed that over 1,600 drug suspects have been arrested since Duterte won the elections in May .
A total of 986 people were killed in police operations and 559 killed by unidentified assailants from May 10 to September 21.