MANILA - The European Union (EU) ambassador in Manila refused to comment on President Rodrigo Duterte's expletive against the regional organization.
"We don't comment on comments. The European Union and the Philippines enjoy good relations, and we will continue to discuss this issue, among many others, in our bilateral contacts with the authorities," said EU Ambassador Franz Jessen, in a statement sent to media by the office of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.
Duterte on Tuesday vented his ire at the E.U. after the European Parliament last week urged the Philippine government to put an end to alleged extra-judicial executions in police operations and killings by vigilante groups.
The E.U. also urged the Philippine government to launch an immediate investigation into the killings, and adopt "specific, comprehensive policies and programs," in full compliance with national and international obligations and respect for human rights.
The European Parliament also strongly condemned the attack at a night market in Davao City that left at least 15 people dead and 70 others wounded, and conveyed their condolences to the victims’ relatives. They called on the EU delegation in the Philippines to "monitor carefully the 'rule of lawlessness'" declared by the Duterte administration after the attack.
Duterte, in response, spilled vitriol at the European Union.
"Nung nabasa ko 'yung E.U. condemnation, sabihin ko sa kanila, f**k you. You're doing it in atonement of your sins," Duterte said. [When I read the E.U. condemnation, I'm telling them, f**you. You're doing it in atonement of your sins.]