President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday blasted the European Union (EU) anew, days after the it raised concerns about the human rights situation in the Philippines before the United Nations Human Rights Council as the casualties in Duterte’s controversial war on drugs continue.
"Do not impose your culture or your belief in what would be a government in this planet. Do not impose on other countries, especially us. Ito, paborito nila itong ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, because there is death penalty in Indonesia, there is death penalty in Malaysia, and I'm trying to revive it... as if other countries of EU do not have death penalty," Duterte told the Filipino community in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
"Itong mga buang na ito [European Union], why are you trying to impose on us? Why don't you mind your own business? Why do you have to f**k with us?" he added.
In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council, the EU said while it recognizes the importance of fighting the drug menace, it is alarmed by the “very high number of killings in this fight.”
More than 7,000 have died in the war on drugs, including extra-judicial killings, according to human rights organizations.
“The EU reiterates the importance of implementing the fight against drug crime in accordance with the rule of law and in respect of human rights. This must include the right to due process and safeguarding the right to life as well as the respect of the proportionality principle,” the EU said in its statement before the 34th session of the council in Geneva, Switzerland.
The EU has also raised concerns about the Philippines’ plan to reimpose the death penalty. Restoring capital punishment might prompt the wealthy block of nations to withdraw the trade perks it grants to the Philippines.
Duterte has slammed the EU and United States for criticizing his war on drugs, saying western countries should not be imposing their values on the Philippines.