President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said that he had questions for human rights investigators from the United Nations, European Union and the United States that will humiliate them if their confrontation would take place in public.
Duterte made the remark after announcing that his administration had already sent invitations to the UN, EU and US for rights probers to come over and look into the alleged extrajudicial killings linked to his administration’s ongoing war on drugs.
Malacañang has said that the invitation came with the caveat that Duterte should be allowed to ask questions as well to the rights investigators.
“Paikutin ko kayo dito ng kamay ko. I am very sure, very sure that they cannot be brighter than me. Maniwala kayo,” Duterte said in a speech before the Philippine Business Forum organized by the Phlippine Chamber of Commerece Industry.
“Paikutin kita. I have been a trial lawyer for years. I will play with you in public. I will ask five questions that will humiliate you and I will ask 10 questions for you to agree with me… You better watch it. It will give you entertainment,” he added.
Duterte once again lashed out at the UN, EU and US for publicly expressing concern over the thousands of killings linked to his anti-drug campaign instead of discreetly informing the Philippines through diplomatic channels.
He said the international groups seemed to belittle Filipinos.
“Akala siguro ng mga buang na Pilipinas, small nation… Well maybe God gave you the money. We have the brains,” Duterte said.
Massacre in Mindanao
In an speech in September before ASEAN leaders, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon and US President Barack Obama, Duterte reportedly presented a picture of killings of Moros in Mindanao in the early 1900s.
The so-called Bud Dajo massacre was attributed to US forces that occupied the country at that time.
This was according to three diplomats who were in the room who spoke to Agence France-Presse during the ASEAN meetings.
“The Philippine president showed a picture of the killings of American soldiers in the past and the president said: ‘This is my ancestor they killed. Why now we are talking about human rights,'” an Indonesian delegate said.
The Philippines was an American colony from 1898 to 1946.
The delegate described the atmosphere in the room as “quiet and shocked.”
Another diplomat described the speech as “normal Duterte.”
Describing Duterte’s impromptu remarks as a “passionate intervention,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said he “underscored the need to take a long historical view of human rights mindful of the atrocities against the ethnic people of Mindanao.”