Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, has managed to get himself into quite the shocking row with European parliament officials, one which involves him using very strong cuss words in their presence and threatening them. Video footage shows the 71-year-old showing no hesitation before swearing at MPs and telling them they have no business passing laws to do with his country.
As reported by The Guardian, which has the official rights to the video and uploaded it immediately after the fact, Rodrigo Duterte informed the European Parliament that it would be in their best interest to not “f**k with [his government]” and that they should mind their own business. The row started after MPs informed the president that they had passed a resolution internationally condemning him from bringing back the death penalty when it came to those convicted of drug offenses. After being told this news, the politician accused the European parliament of “imposing their beliefs and culture on other countries,” and warned them not to do so.
The Straits Times has also provided detail of the incident, after which Rodrigo Duterte is said to have called all European lawmakers “crazies” for the resolution they passed. He is allegedly fully aware that there is a potential impeachment attempt forthcoming, but insists he is “not intimidated” in the slightest.
The Maasin native’s relationship with Europe has been in a downward spiral throughout the month of March. CDA News revealed, on March 4, that the President of the Philippines is in fact facing charges revolving around crimes against humanity, as directed towards him by NGO Human Rights Watch. Rodrigo Duterte ordered the immediate shooting of anyone suspected of crimes to do with drugs, as part of his crack-down on the country’s narcotics problem which began last year.
Thousands have died since the president informed law enforcement officials to kill anyone suspected in a drug deal, the majority of them unarmed. As such, HRW has labeled the killings “cold-blooded murders” which occurred to those in custody who had in no way been proven guilty at the time of their death. The nation’s leader remains unapologetic or remorseful for these losses of life, insisting that he was merely protecting his country from a “modern-day evil.” The International Criminal Court (ICC), which is based in The Hague, Netherlands, is currently investigating the matter and deciding whether to officially pursue charges. However, given Duterte’s ties to both the justice secretary and the Philippines’ congress, it has been admitted by human rights lawyer Romel Bagares that the nation’s leader could quite possibly be let off, even if convicted.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow