President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday lashed out at a United Nations official for asking the Philippine judicial authorities to formally investigate the President after he admitted that he killed criminals when he was still Davao City mayor.
"I think there is one United Nations official, human rights. He said Duterte is a murderer and should be charged for murder. I said, this guy is either a joker or maybe crazy," President Duterte said.
President Duterte was referring to UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein who said President Duterte's actions violated the Philippine constitution and international law.
He made the reaction in front of over 1,000 mothers led by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Pampanga Governor Baby Pineda who attended the Convergence of Nanay (Mother) Volunteers as Community Drugwatch program in Angeles City, Pampanga.
President Duterte reminded the UN official that the Philippines, being one of UN member states, has contribution to the UN and in effect, pays salaries of the international body's officials.
"The problem with the United Nations, you guys, you are employed by an organ composed of nations. Those officials are elected by the people. We pay you your salaries. You idiot, do not tell me what to do. I am your employer, and do not do it to a nation," Duterte said.
Last Monday, President Duterte admitted that he killed at least three criminals while roaming Davao City alone on a motorcycle to encourage the city policemen to pursue relentless campaign against illegal drugs and criminality.
Al-Hussein reportedly said President Duterte might be charged for committing incitement to violence.
"Who gave you the right to beYou lacked international law. I'm paying for your salaries. Do not speak as if we are your employees. I am a member state, a sovereign state. Do not do that," Duterte said.
"You there in the United Nations. You do not know diplomacy. You do not know how to behave, to be an employee of the United Nations," he added.
President Duterte said only the Filipinos can scold him if he is not doing his job.
Al-Hussein is the second official who openly questioned the Philippines' anti-illegal drugs campaign.
Recently, UN Rapporteur on Extra Judicial Killings Agnes Callamard has expressed deep concerns on the rising number of unexplained killings amid the government's anti-illegal campaign.
President Duterte has invited Callamard to visit the Philippines and challenged her to engage him in a public debate so that the President can explain why he has to wage a massive campaign against illegal drugs.
Callamard has rejected the conditions and instead gave her own counterproposal to hold private debriefing with President Duterte before holding a joint press conference.
Since the Duterte administration started its campaign against illegal drugs, more than 908,000 drug users have surrendered while over 40,000 have been arrested by the police operatives.
The campaign, however, has resulted in the death of more than 2,000 drug pushers and users in legitimate police operations and over 3,500 unexplained killings.
A Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showed that 85 percent of the Filipinos are satisfied with President Duterte's campaign against illegal drugs that had contaminated four million Filipinos.
"Remember 4 million is 4 million. It's no joke and they are spread all throughout the country. And we are already a narco-politics state," the President told his new partners in fighting illegal drugs.
Source: Philippines News Agency