Duterte curses international press over drug war reportage


Posted at Aug 29 2016 07:03 PM

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President Rodrigo Duterte slammed the international press on Monday, following a series of reports by esteemed news organizations criticizing his bloody war against drugs. 

"Media, wala akong pakielam, [kahit] unpopular sa international press [I don't care even if I am unpopular with the international press," Duterte told reporters after visiting the wake of a cop killed in an ant-narcotics operation. 

The president also cursed foreign media, as he emphasized that he needs to crush the drug problem in the Philippines. 

"Wala akong pakielam, p*******a ninyo. May problema ako sa bayan ko [I don't care, son of a b*tch. I have problems in my country]," Duterte said. 

Duterte's drug war gained international attention after he hit the United Nations (UN) over the statements of two rapporteurs who called him out for supposed human rights violations that came with his deadly drug war. 

READ: UN experts nix Duterte's 'license to kill'

Duterte threatened to pull out of the UN and later said the threat was just a joke, alongside clarifications from Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay. 

Last week, US' New York Times (NYT) and United Kingdom's The Guardian ran editorials on Duterte's drug war. 

NYT published an editorial cartoon showing Duterte holding a shoulder-launched assault weapon, targeting a wormy apple on the head of the man representing the Philippines. 

The Guardian meanwhile hit Duterte's strategy in stopping drugs, saying "street justice is no justice."

Time Magazine also ran a lengthy article on Duterte's campaign, noting that "as the body count soars, some say the real threat to the Philippines is not drugs but the President himself."

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