Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has found himself on the receiving end of criticism from both U.S and the UN due to the alleged rise of extrajudicial killings and his war against illegal drugs.
The Philippines has been a known ally of the United States, as well as an active member of the United Nations in the Asia-Pacific region since its inception. But the relationship between the new Philippine administration and the U.S. and UN has turned bitter when Duterte launched its war against anti-illegal drugs, CNN Philippines reported.
Rodrigo Duterte Vs UN, U.S.
Duterte’s campaign to curb, or at least suppress, illegal drugs in his country has generated mixed reactions from the international community. Some human rights watchdogs attributed Duterte’s link with vigilante groups to the more than a thousand deaths recorded since he assumed office.
Over the weekend, Duterte has lectured the U.S. and the UN on human rights, and why they should stop meddling with the country’s local affairs. Duterte said the U.S. should look at its own backyard, especially in cases of black Americans on the receiving end of police maltreatment.
Duterte on Human Rights
Duterte also asked what the UN has done for the bombings in Iraq and Syria, which resulted to the death of thousands of innocent lives, including children.
“Look at the iconic boy that was taken out from the rubble and he was made to sit in the ambulance and we saw it. Why is it that United States is not doing anything? I do not read you,” Duterte said in a report from the Associated Press, referring to the photo of Omran Daqneesh that went viral.
Duterte was irked when a UN reporter on human rights expressed a statement on the spike of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, targeting people with connection to illegal drugs.