MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called members of the European Parliament crazy for criticizing his war on drugs and urged them to stop meddling in the country’s affairs, according to media reports on Monday.
“I don’t get these crazy people. Why are you trying to impose on us? Why don’t you mind your own business?” Duterte said Sunday night in an address to the Philippine community in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, at the start of his tour of Southeast Asia, according to Philippine television.
Duterte, known for his abusive outbursts, added, “Why do you have to fuck with us, God damn it!”
He urged the EU parliamentarians to stop imposing their culture or beliefs on countries and governments with different realities.
Last week, the European Parliament approved a resolution to condemn and ask for an end to the “war on drugs” launched by the Philippine president last year, and demanded the release of Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima, a leading critic of the president, who was arrested last month over graft charges.
In his speech on Monday, Duterte promised to continue the campaign “until the last drug lord in the Philippines is killed and the pushers are out of the streets.”
The anti-drug campaign has left over 7,000 people dead in the first seven months since it was launched by Duterte in June after he took office.
After a month-long suspension of the campaign to tackle corruption among the police, the campaign was resumed early March with the promise to be “less bloody” and has since then left at least 27 alleged traffickers and addicts dead in clashes with the police.
Duterte also said he hopes new US President Donald Trump will support him in his war on drugs and criticized Barack Obama again for repeatedly warning him that foreign governments would withdraw aid to the Philippines over the aggressive anti-drugs campaign.
Duterte had called Obama “son of a bitch” in September last year, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the two countries.
“You can go to hell. You can eat your assistance (...) From now on I will adopt an independent foreign policy and I will deal with any country that I like which I think can help us,” the Philippine leader had reasserted on Sunday night.