We don’t need you! Duterte tells envoys of EU countries to leave PH in 24 hours
President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to cut diplomatic ties with the countries comprising the European Union over what he believes was a threat from the bloc to oust the Philippines from the United Nations.
Duterte lashed out at the EU at the relaunch of the refurbished New Executive Building press briefing room Thursday (October 12), saying the Philippines can survive without assistance from European countries.
“We are past the colonization stage. ‘Wag ninyo akong… Don’t f*** with us. We ASEAN members can export to each other. We can also have tariff free,” he said.
“Do not come to this country again. We do not need you,” he added.
Duterte expressed doubt whether the EU can carry out its supposed threat to expel the Philippines from the UN given its ties to non-traditional allies such as Russia and China.
“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,” he said.
Duterte’s latest tirade against the EU appears to have been triggered by Human Rights Watch’s warning that the alleged human rights violations occurring in the Philippines might give the UN General Assembly grounds to consider the country’s removal from the UN Human Rights Council.
While the EU has not called for the Philippines’ removal from the UN, a delegation from the Progressive Alliance (PA) and the Party of European Socialists (PES) visited the Philippines recently to call on the government to stop drug-related killings.
In a statement, the PES said “there must be consequences in the Philippines’ inclusion in the special trading instrument of the EU known as GSP+ (generalised scheme of preferences)” if the government fails to uphold human rights standards.