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Duterte Lets The World Know What He Thinks Of The EU

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte snapped at the European Union for being hypocrites when criticizing his bloody war on drugs.

EU officials expressed concern last week over the “extraordinarily high numbers killed” during Duterte’s first months in office. The EU delegation in Manilla has been ordered to closely monitor the current situation, which Duterte considers double standards.

“I read the condemnation of the EU against me. I will tell them: ‘F**k you. You’re doing it in atonement for your sins,'” Duterte said Tuesday night.

Duterte used the United Kingdom and France as examples of two EU countries he thinks have blood on their own hands for supporting the U.S. during wars in the Middle East.

“And then the EU has the gall to condemn me,” Duterte added.

The EU responded to Duterte’s harsh words by saying it hopes to continue bilateral contacts.

“The European Union and the Philippines enjoy good relations, and we will continue to discuss this issue, among many others, in our bilateral contacts and with the authorities,” EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said in a statement.

Duterte has promised to kill 100,000 criminals and wipe the country clear of illegal drugs before the end of the year. He used similar language on U.S. President Barack Obama in early September, calling him a “son of a bitch” the day before the two were set to meet at a conference in Laos.

More than 3,000 people were executed during Duterte’s first two and half months as president.

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