Duterte threatens to cut diplomatic ties with European Union countries

by Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

In another expletive-laden speech, President Duterte on Thursday slammed critics who warned that the Philippines can face sanctions from the United Nations over the administration’s bloody war on drugs.

During the relaunch of Malacanang’s renovated press briefing room, the president attacked member-countries of the European Union, days after several European parliamentarians visited the Philippines to demand the end of the killings under the drug war.

“They are all focused on how many deaths threatened to have us expelled from the UN. My god, do it, stupid. Do it now,” he said.

Emphasizing the country’s independent foreign policy, the president threatened to cut diplomatic ties with European Union countries…
Telling finance secretary Sonny Dominguez not to accept foreign donations from the united kingdom and move Philippine exports to China instead.

“You think that we are a bunch of morons here, 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.”

The president’s words come days after he designated the PDEA to be the sole agency for anti-illegal drugs operations to satisfy EU and other critics of the drug war.

In a statement, the European Union clarified that the parliamentarians’ visit last week was not a mission of the EU, and that their statements do not represent the position of the Union.

“Blame U.S.A. if I am killed in the near future”

In the same speech, President Duterte also slammed the United States, telling Filipinos to blame the US should he die in the near future.
“One day I will just drive you away. It’s either your cahoots will have to kill me or you have to get out of my country. Choose,” he said. “Basta ako sabihin ko sa pilipino kapag namatay ako, america na yan, cia yan.”

But as the President slammed most western countries, Duterte had only praises and good words for new allies China and Russia, who he cited in their support in arming police and soldiers.

‘Pag may mga bagong barko diyan na maganda na Chinese character, kaibigan natin ‘yan, China ‘yan. Kung ‘yung parang drawing drawing na… Hindi mo maintindihan ‘yang… Russian ‘yan.”

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