Duterte invites UN, EU to visit to probe killings
CAGAYAN DE ORO, THE PHILIPPINES
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday invited the United Nations (UN) chief and European Union (EU) to come to his country to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings linked to his war on drugs, which could have taken at least 3,000 lives in less than three months.
This came after he called UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon "a fool" earlier this month for accusing him of human rights violations, and just two days after he cursed with profanities the 28-nation European bloc for the same reason.
"Come to the Philippines," he said in a speech before troops and policemen in a military camp in Cagayan de Oro, a business hub in northern Mindanao.
But he added that after giving these guests the "right to be heard", they must also answer questions from him, the Inquirer Global Nation reported.
"I will take on them one by one in open forum," he vowed, challenging the UN and EU to bring along their best lawyers and some rapporteurs.
"Everybody will be invited (to witness).
"All of you can watch how I trample on them."
Yesterday, he also addressed allegations that he was involved in summary executions while he was mayor of Davao City, saying political rivals used his tough stance on crime to try to discredit him, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
Police statistics showed more than 3,313 suspected drug peddlers and users have been killed since Mr Duterte took office on June 30.
Police have also arrested more than 18,000 drug suspects while more than 700,000 have also surrendered.