MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte blasted the United Nations on Thursday as "inutile," saying the international body has failed to prevent wars and act on pirates.
Duterte said the UN has not taken any "strong" action against pirates as he lamented the dangers faced by Filipino seafarers in international waters.
"Ang isip-isip ko, I’m kind of telling the United Nations, napakainutil naman ninyo diyan. I mean… It has been an inutile body actually. But the United Nations has failed to establish order in this planet," the President said in a speech during the awarding of child-friendly cities and municipalities in Malacañang.
(I'm thinking of telling the UN that it is inutile.)
"And that is why everybody is just you know, to each his own. Wala naman… It has not established order. It has not prevented wars. It has not taken any punitive, strong action against the pirates," he added.
The President claimed that Filipinos, along with Japanese, and Indonesian seafarers are the "favorite" targets of pirates.
To protect Filipino seafarers, Duterte said he would just ask the Philippine Navy to kill pirates to call it quits.
"I will send the Navy there. Pag nakita nila yang mga (pirates) patayin na lang nila. Tabla-tabla na lang,” he said.
(If they see those pirates, just kill them. Let's call it quits.)
Duterte had earlier lashed out at the United Nations, mostly for the latter's criticism of his bloody war on drugs.
In July, the UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution seeking a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines, including killings linked to the anti-drug campaign.