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Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte had a response for the European Union who told him how to run his country. The European Union has expressed concern over extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

President Duterte has drawn international criticism for his open season on drug traffickers and dealers. The EU issued a statement asking President Duterte to end the killings and to bring his nation’s policy into line with international human rights laws.

However, others are critical of this request. After all, drug dealers don’t care for human rights.

President Duterte replied to the EU request by saying, “I read the condemnation of the EU against me. I will tell them: F*** you. You’re doing it in atonement for your sins.”

President Duterte accused the EU of hypocrisy, given Europe’s history of incredible human rights violations.

“And then the EU has the gall to condemn me. I repeat: F**** you.”

About 2,400 people have been killed in the past two months alone for their suspected involvement in drug activities. In particular, drug gangs are fighting for survival against police. President Obama was also critical of President Duterte’s policies, to which Duterte reminded Obama that the Philippines was no longer a colony of the USA.

For its part, the Church has also criticized and condemned the killings.

Yet President Duterte is right. The Philippines is an independent country, not a colony of the EU or USA. It is the people of that country, and nobody else who have the right to say how the country should be run. If the people want street justice to bring a national crime epidemic under control, then they will have it. And if they believe the force used by police and vigilantes is too much, the people have ways of dealing with that too.

Nobody thinks killing is a good thing, but that isn’t the issue. The problem is that outsiders continue to address President Duterte and the Philippine people as if they were inferior. Then, when President Duterte reminds these people that his country is a sovereign, independent state that owes nothing to anyone, and demands the Philippine people be treated with respect, world leaders become upset.

Obama cancelled a meeting with Duterte following their last exchange of words.

If the world wants to communicate with the people and president of the Philippines, then it must first give these people the respect they deserve. How many nations have offered to support President Duterte? How many nations are making the situation in the Philippines worse by demonstrating systematic disrespect? It is the United States that maintains a military base in the Philippines, something the people there do not want. How many bases does the Philippines have in America? How many Philippine citizens run riot through American towns on the weekends?

The Philippine people must be treated as equals by the international community. If we want them to change something, then we should ask how we can help. Only when we have re-earned their respect can we afford to suggest an opinion. And only then will they be interested in what we have to say.

But Europe, and the United States, both with long histories of systematic abuse of their own people and plenty of extrajudicial killings of their own, have no right to address the President of the Philippines with disrespect.

Certainly, any killing is terrible, but the right to judge belongs to the people of the Philippines and God, not Obama or the EU.

By David Drudge



  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Why do people take drugs to begin with? Most studies indicate that it’s because people are unhappy. Why are they unhappy? My guess, is that it’s young people who face high unemployment, high inflation and poor prospects – at the moment. While the overall trend began to improve after the Catholic populace told the RCC to take a hike and more than halved it’s birth rate, through expansive use of contraception, the overall long-term outlook has improved – but this has not yet translated to the youth. There are still too many people – over 100 million on a total land mass that is just a small fraction (size is about the same as three of our mid-sized states) of the US with 300 million. The country has among the highest unemployment rates in Asia; young people are unable to find stable jobs, and rising inflation makes things increasingly expensive. While poverty levels in the islands dropped a bit overall, they have increased for the young. What do you do when you’re miserable and have no prospects – you go sell drugs on the street corner, or steal money out of your mom’s purse and buy them to hide from the pain and hopelessness.
    I suppose killing users and dealers is one way to solve the problem – it’s that sort of Jewish god thing in the book of Amos… ‘the beatings will continue until morale improves!’ I can see where a bunch of people might want to give it a try, but let’s see how long it lasts. The problem is that if it affects trade relations with the EU or US, then the situation will likely get worse. This is probably not a good time to tick off your trading partners. In the case of the US, it’s probably not a good idea to tick off the people who keep China from taking over your country. If that’s what they want, I suppose that should be their choice, but I doubt it’s what they want. I don’t know. They’ve been conditioned by Catholicism to accept authoritative government, and the retribution and vengeance that is inherent in Catholicism, surely contributes to a willingness to mete out this harsh justice… Few beat Catholicism when it comes to harsh justice (which is far worse for things you do with your clothes off, than what you do with illegal drugs!!!).

    1. anton Reply

      America has a big problem also on drugs………your right!!!!!!!! young people who faced high unemployment, high inflation and poor prospects…

  2. Norman B Reply

    This story is sad because it states other countries don’t respect the Philippines, but it’s very hard to respect a leader who call other leaders like the pope a son of a whore. I for one don’t respect this thug. If he wants to end the drug using why don’t he go after the big distributors like the Chineese, Japanese and other big gangs who bring the drugs into his country. He’s picking on his the low income users who needs his help and just like a bully he will not mess with the big bad guys. Come on and lets see you take on the triads. This guy has lost his mind. Which countries helped the Philippines when deviations hits the Philippines. As far as bases we don’t have bases in the Philippines and Philippines can’t afford to have bases in the USA.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      Hmm. I think the situation with the bases is changing, unless there’s an update I’m not aware of. From “Military Times:”

      This story was originally published March 21, 2016, at 3:02 p.m. EST.

      A new agreement between the United States and the Philippines clears the way for a new permanent American military presence across five bases that will support rotational deployments near the contested South China Sea.
      The bases include:
      Antonio Bautista Air Base. Located near the capital of the island province of Palawan, which is strategically located near the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
      Basa Air Base. Located about 40 miles northwest of the Philippines’ capital, Manila, the air base was originally constructed by the U.S. Army Air Corps before the Second World War.
      Fort Magsaysay. Located on the northern Island of Luzon, Fort Magsaysay is the largest military installation in the Philippines, and is one of the primary training areas of the Philippine Army.
      Lumbia Air Base. Located on the southern island of Mindanao, the air base is connected to a civilian airport. Local media reports say construction of a new U.S. facility will begin soon.
      Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base. Located on Mactan Island of the coast of Cebu in the central Philippines. It was originally built by the U.S. Air Force before the American pullout in the early 1990s.
      I don’t know if the recent diplomatic scuffle with Obama has resulted in any changes to this… I don’t suppose the drug thing is a distraction so people don’t notice the US moving back in???

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