Rodrigo Duterte Extrajudicial Killing: ‘Let’s Talk About Killings Of Black People First’
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has challenged Barack Obama to first discuss the killings of black people in the U.S. before they talk about the alleged cases of extrajudicial in the Philippines.Advertisement
The tough-talking president issued the challenge ahead of their scheduled meeting in Laos next week. The two leaders will be meeting on the sidelines of this year’s Pacific Rim summit where Obama is expected to discuss security issues in the region, human rights matters, and statements Duterte issued recently.
“I am warned because Obama allegedly wanted to talk to me [about human rights]. What then? You want to talk to me? What’s your problem? In your place, black people were lying down there [because] you were shooting them,” Duterte said as quoted by Sun Star.
The White House earlier reported that Obama would like to talk to Duterte over statements he made recently that caused havoc in the international community. Although Duterte said he is willing to meet and talk with Obama, the U.S. president should first understand where he is coming from.
It can be recalled that Duterte irked international press after he lambasted a UN human rights rapporteur who for him broke UN’s own protocol of issuing statements based only on media reports. Duterte also called U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg as “annoying” and “gay.”
Ironically, the U.S. has poured in at least $32 million of aid to train the Philippine police, the same agency accused of committing extrajudicial killings, a report from the Asian Journal revealed.
The same amount, according to Duterte, was given by the U.S. as a gesture of support for his government’s campaign to curb criminality in the Philippines. A top U.S. official denied reports that American money is used to support activities violating human rights.