Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Thursday to expel European ambassadors, accusing their governments without citing evidence of plotting to get Manila expelled from the United Nations.
Duterte signalled in a fiery speech he would not tolerate European criticism of his drug war , which has seen police kill at least 3 , 850 people since he took office 15 months ago and led rights groups to warn of a potential crime against humanity .
Duterte accused the European Union of interfering in the Philippines’ domestic affairs , and alleged it wanted to get the Philippines expelled from the UN .
“Just like that you tell us : ‘ You will be excluded in the UN ’ . Son of a whore go ahead , ” Duterte told reporters , adding European nations were taking advantage of the Philippines being poor .
“You give us money then you start to orchestrate what things should be done and which should not happen in our country. You bullshit . We are past the colonisation stage . Don’ t fuck with us . ”
Duterte said he was prepared to kick European ambassadors out of the country if their governments tried to expel the Philippines.
“You think we are a bunch of morons here. You are the one. Now 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 . ”
The EU has made no public comments about wanting to remove the Philippines from the United Nations .
However the EU parliament issued a resolution last year expressing concern over the “extraordinarily high numbers killed during police operations ” in the drug war .
It urged Duterte to “ put an end to the current wave of extrajudicial executions and killings” .
A statement released by EU delegation to the Philippines on Thursday night in response to Duterte ’ s comments sought to emphasise bilateral co -operation, including at the UN .
“The EU and the Philippines work constructively and productively together in a close partnership in many contexts and areas, including , of course , in the UN context , ” the statement said .
Duterte ’ s spokesman was unavailable to comment on why the president believed the EU was looking to remove the Philippines from the UN .
The president ’ s aides have previously cautioned journalists not to take all of Duterte ’ s remarks literally , and that some of his most controversial statements were merely “hyperbole” or “ rhetoric ”.
Duterte won elections last year after vowing to eradicate the illegal drug trade in six months , and vowing that 100 , 000 people would be killed in the process .
Many Filipinos continue to support the crackdown but a survey last month showed the first major drop in Duterte ’ s popularity.