PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte railed against the United Nations yesterday morning even as Malacanang Palace said it would seek clarification from Duterte whether he was serious or not in his threat to take the Philippines out of the United Nations.
In an interview over state-run dzRB, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said he plans to raise the matter with Duterte in the Cabinet meeting scheduled today.
Asked whether Duterte was “serious” or just making a “preposterous” statement, Andanar said: “I will have to ask the President about it...So bukas may Cabinet meeting, tatanungin ko si Presidente.”
Duterte, in an early morning press briefing in Davao, threatened to “separate from the United Nations” amid continuing criticism from rights experts over the rising death toll attributed to his administration’s campaign against drugs.
Two U.N. human rights experts last week urged Manila to stop the extrajudicial executions and killings that have escalated since Duterte won the presidency on a promise to wipe out drugs.
About 900 suspected drug traffickers have been killed since he came to power after winning the election on May 9.
Duterte earlier denied that the government was responsible and in a middle-of-the-night news conference in his home town, Davao, said the deaths were not the work of the police and invited U.N. experts to investigate themselves.
The news conference was broadcast by local media.
“I will prove to the world that you are a very stupid expert,” he said, urging them to count not just the number of drug-related deaths but also the innocent lives lost to drugs.
He then launched an attack on the United Nations and its members -- including by inference Manila’s traditional close ally, Washington -- saying, it could not fulfill its own mandate but was “worrying about the bones of criminals piling up.”
“I do not want to insult you. But maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations,” he said.
Criticizing the UN for not doing enough to address hunger and terrorism and for not being able to do anything about Syria and Iraq and allowing big powers to bomb villages and kill innocent civilians, he said he would invite China and African nations to form another global organization.
“You know, United Nations, if you can say one bad thing about me, I can give you 10 (about you). I tell you, you are an inutile. Because if you are really true to your mandate, you could have stopped all these wars and killing.”
Asked about the possible consequences of his comments, he said: “What is repercussions? I don’t give a shit to them.”
He said the United Nations should have acted according to protocol by sending someone such as a rapporteur to talk to him.
“You do not just go out and give a shitting statement against a country,” he said.