After middle-finger salute, Philippines’ Duterte asks EU ‘Why insult me?’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech before members of the Scout Rangers regiment at a military training camp in the town of San Miguel Bulacan Province north of Manila

The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has lashed out at the European Union (EU) with his trademark undiplomatic language over the bloc’s criticism of the controversial leader for “extrajudicial executions” in his war on drugs. “You’re doing it in atonement for your sins”, he told local officials in his southern home city of Davao late on Tuesday in comments filmed by broadcaster ABS-CBN.

The 71-year-old also swore repeatedly during the outburst, and raised his middle finger in a gesture of defiance.

Since Duterte’s term began in June, more than 3,000 alleged drug offenders have been killed, an average of 44 per day.

“I’ve read the European Union’s condemnation against me. Son of a wh*re, I will curse you in that forum”, Duterte told a news conference shortly before flying to Laos to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

Mr. Duterte singled out France and the United Kingdom for joining the attacking countries in the Middle East in recent years and said history books were littered with examples of atrocities committed by Europeans.

He said European Union members had become strict (about human rights) because they had “guilt feelings” over the atrocities they had committed in the past.

“I have de Lima’s blessings”, Colangco said, when Congress members asked how he had smuggled contraband into the prison.

“President Duterte publicly stated he would not pursue law enforcement officers and citizens who killed drug dealers who resisted arrest”.

“They are making me into an example of what will happen to those who dare criticize and call out the abuses of those in power”.

As The Washington Post’s Emily Rauhala wrote this month, Duterte’s drug war has unleashed a “tidal wave of extrajudicial and vigilante killings that is devastating the Philippines”.

He said: “If I have to face them, you know I can eat humans”. Criminals? You call it genocide?

But as Philippine president, he would not allow himself to be reprimanded by them, Duterte said on Wednesday.

Singling out France and Britain, Mr. Duterte said the parliament’s members were “hypocrites” whose colonial-era ancestors killed “thousands” of Arabs and other peoples.

“They’re taking the high ground to assuage their feelings of guilt”.