Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to kick all EU ambassadors out of his country after accusing them of interfering in his war against drugs.
The leader, who is known for his rambling and bombastic speeches, accused EU countries of trying to get his country kicked out of the UN.
‘Son of a wh**e go ahead,’ he told a press conference at the presidential palace in Manila. ‘Don’t f*** with us.’
Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, dared EU ambassadors to leave the country within 24 hours after accusing the bloc of interfering in his war on drugs (file image)
Duterte accused the EU of trying to get his country kicked out of the UN over his drug war, which has seen 4,000 people killed by police since he took power (pictured, the body of a man shot in the capital last week)
He continued: ‘You give us money then you start to orchestrate what things should be done and which should not happen in our country.
‘You bulls***. We are past the colonisation stage. You think we are a bunch of morons here. You are the one.
‘The ambassadors of those countries listening now, tell me, because we can have the diplomatic channel cut tomorrow. You leave my country in 24 hours, all, all of you.’
Duterte appeared to be referring to a statement from Human Rights Watch which warned the country could be removed from the UN Human Rights Council if extra-judicial killings continue as part of his drug war.
The EU has made no public statement about wanting to remove the Philippines from the United Nations, and no member country has called for the move either.
EU diplomats did issue a resolution last year in which they expressed concern over the ‘extraordinarily high numbers killed during police operations’ in the drug war.
After finishing his bombastic speech, Duterte met with Steven Seagal, who was in the capital while scouting locations for a movie about drugs
The EU has not publicly called for the Philippines to be kicked out, but did issue a resolution last year criticizing the ‘extraordinarily high numbers killed during police operations’
An estimated 3,850 people have been killed by police since Duterte took office and vowed to rid his country of drugs, despite the use of illicit substances already being below the world average.
A spokesman later clarified Duterte’s statements, saying he was angered during a recent visit by parliamentarians from seven countries, including some from Europe.
During the visit, Duterte was asked to stop the killings and told he could lose trade benefits with the EU if he refuses, ABS-CBN reports.
Spokesmen have previously warned reporters not to take the President’s words too seriously, describing his confrontational tone as ‘rhetoric’.
In another bizarre twist after Duterte had finished his speech, he was pictured posing in the presidential palace with Steven Seagal.
A spokesman said that Seagal arrived in the Philippines to look for a location for his new movie ‘about illegal drugs and other crimes’, according to Rappler.
‘Telling Seagal that movies are a reflection of life, President Duterte reiterated his strong stance against illegal drugs because it enslaves people to a form of synthetic chemical,’ the spokesman said.
‘He also told the American actor that he used to have karate lessons.’