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Try niyo lang! Duterte makes cocky bet with EU: Expel PH from UN, your $1K will win you P1M

Oct 12, 2017 @ 19:22

President Rodrigo Duterte has wagered a bet with the European Union after an international watchdog group said the country may lose its membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) due to the bloody war on drugs.

At the relaunch of the refurbished New Executive Building press briefing room Thursday (October 12), Duterte dared the EU to make good on its supposed threat to expel the Philippines from the UN.

“You want to expel us? You try. My… Euro, 1,000 dollars will earn one million pesos from me if you can expel us from the UN,” he said.

Duterte said it is unlikely that the Philippines will lose its membership in the UN because Russia and China, which are part of the Security Council, will not agree to it.

“U*** pala kayo eh. You think China and the rest of the countries of ASEAN will agree to that? Where will be… Where will be the crucial vote that would come? It’s a security council. And you think that China and Russia will allow that?” he said.

“Kasi ang pagtingin ninyo kasi sa amin, walang alam sa charter ng United Nations. You think that we are a bunch of morons here. You are the one,” Duterte added.

It was the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) that warned that the Philippines may be removed from the UNHRC because of the alleged human rights violations which occurred under Duterte’s watch.

While the EU has not called for the Philippines’ removal from the UN, a delegation from the Progressive Alliance and the Party of European Socialists visited the Philippines recently.

Members of the PA and PES called on the administration to stop the drug-related killings and silencing critics such as Senator Leila de Lima.

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+” if the government fails to uphold human rights standards.

GSP stands for the generalized scheme of preferences, which provides developing countries preferential access to the EU market through reduced import duties.

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