Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has bashed European countries for their criticism of Manila’s massive war on drugs, threatening his government could expel their diplomats in 24 hours.

Duterte said he would not tolerate what he called efforts by European Union countries to have the Philippines expelled from the United Nations over his government’s flagship war on drugs. The Filipino president also accused the EU of interfering in his country’s domestic affairs.

Duterte said European governments 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 … We are past that colonization stage,” he said. Once and for all.

The European Parliament issued a resolution last year, expressing concern about the “extraordinarily high numbers killed during police operations” in the Philippines’ war on drugs. Duterte has also used criticism of the West to advance his policy of distancing the Philippines from long-time ally the United States as he looks for stronger military and economic bonds with China & Russia.

 

An alleged drug dealer is captured by policemen after a drug buy-bust operation in a slum area in Manila, the Philippines, on September 28, 2017. (Photo by AFP).

PressTV.com / AA Magnum Special Analyst Blog News Site 2017.

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