“Suffice for these stupid European Union guys, you know they were all focused on how many deaths [in the campaign against illegal drugs],” President Rodrigo Duterte said.
This was stated by the President during the relaunching of the Press Briefing Room (PBR) at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on October 12.
“And they threaten us, they will have us expelled from the UN,” Duterte said. “My God, do it, stupid! Do it now!”
The President made the statement after an international delegation of parliamentarians and civil society advocates from Sweden, Germany, Italy, Australia and the United States called on Philippines to uphold human rights amid campaign against illegal drugs.
German parliamentarian Arne Lietz, part of the delegation, said the Philippines may lose EU’s General System of Preference (GSP+) which allows a list of Filipino products to be exported to EU tariff free.
This is also after Human Rights Watch (HRW) Geneva advocacy director John Fisher warned that Philippines is risking its membership from United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Duterte said if EU will stop accepting Philippine exports he will ask China to accept Philippine exports.
“You are interfering in our affairs,” Duterte said. “We are past the colonisation stage. Don’t f*** with us.”
“We ASEAN members can export with each other, we can also have tariff free,” he added.
Duterte noted EU cannot expel the Philippines from UN because ASEAN countries, China, and Russia will not allow it.