Published November 24, 2016 2:44am
By BERNADETTE PARCO, GMA News
President Rodrigo Duterte cussed out a foreign reporter who asked him about killings related to his administration's drug war after going on a lengthy rant on the hypocrisy of the United States for criticizing the Philippines about the matter.
Jonathan Miller, the Asian correspondent of Britain's Channel 4 News, asked Duterte about deaths related to the narcotics trade, prompting Duterte to lash out anew against the US.
"Who invaded the country, Nicaragua... Panama? You want proof? Talk about the law. Look what America did, they invaded Panama. The President (Manuel Noriega) is still in prison in the United States," he said.
The President also lectured Miller on the actions and policy implemented by the United States towards Iraq and Panama.
"They invaded a country on a question, on the issue because drugs were flooding America and they had to take out (Noriega)," Duterte said.
"America went to war. So, they destroyed not only the sovereignty, they fractured the country. It's non-existent, actually. And they had to kill Saddam (Hussein) to get the leader. Who is the hypocrite here? Where is the hypocrisy here?" he added.
The President also noted the hypocrisy of the US, which is not a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
"They are invoking extra-judicial killings, calling upon the Human Rights Commission, and defining extra-judicial killings which is in the charter of which he is not a signatory. Do you know that, that America is not a member? And yet they threaten leaders and presidents. You do not do that to me. when you are a hypocrite to me. You are a hypocrite by what standard or language do we use. I will say, do not talk about the people, my own citizens. You have destroyed countries and deprived sovereignty. What is the moral basis for the things that America did in the name of human rights," he said.
"We are being called by names everywhere with no proof. And here you are, America invading a country, bombing it. Killing people in the process, children, adults and all even the dogs and the goats and the lambs. Only to say we committed a mistake, no weapons of mass destruction. I call upon the human rights in America to consider this," he added.
After his rant, the President said under his breath: "P-- ina mo."
Duterte then asked Miller: "No more?"
To which the reporter replied: "No more."
"You cannot think of questions. Give me the meaning of hypocrisy, and I would address myself to the international viewers. Sumibat o, tingnan mo," Duterte said, referring to Miller. --JST, GMA News