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Philippines' Duterte tells rights groups to 'go to hell'

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 01:03

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, criticized for thousands of extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs, says the U.S. and European Union should withdraw their assistance to the Philippines if they're unhappy with his crackdown, and tells rights groups who don't like his tactics to ''go to hell''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (October 6) told the United States and the European Union that if they were unhappy with his drugs war and wished to withdraw their assistance to his country, they should "go ahead". "I do not expect the human rights (groups), I do not expect (U.S. President Barack) Obama, I do not expect the E.U. to understand me. Do not understand me and if you think it is high time for you guys to withdraw your assistance, go ahead. We will not beg for it," Duterte said in a televised speech at an awards ceremony for police in southern Mindanao province. The U.S., E.U. and U.N. have criticized Duterte's anti-narcotics campaign which has killed more than 3,000 people, and urged him to address the extrajudicial killings. On Tuesday (October 4), Duterte told U.S. President Barack Obama to "go to hell" and said the United States had refused to sell some weapons to his country but he did not care because Russia and China were willing suppliers. His comments were the latest in a near-daily barrage of hostility toward the United States, during which Duterte has started to contrast the former colonial power with its geopolitical rivals Russia and China. While an open break with Manila would create problems in a region where China's influence has grown, there were no serious discussions in Washington about taking punitive steps such as cutting aid to the Philippines, two U.S. officials said on Monday.

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Philippines' Duterte tells rights groups to 'go to hell'

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 01:03