Controversial President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has launched a profanity-laced tirade against the United Nations, criticizing the world body as being too weak to fix problems in the Middle East and Africa.
At a press conference late on Thursday, Duterte vented his anger on the United Nations in response to a question about foreign media groups that were critical of him.
“That’s the trouble here, they’re always raising fears about this or that United Nations convention,” Duterte said, even though the journalists’ criticism had not been linked to UN protocols.
“Fuck you UN, you can’t even solve the Middle East carnage… couldn’t even lift a finger in Africa… shut up all of you.”
Duterte, 71, had been incensed by the criticism of foreign and local media groups to his comments earlier in the week that corrupt journalists were legitimate targets of assassination.
Explaining his stance on corrupt journalists, Duterte said on Tuesday that one murdered reporter who was a vocal critic of his deserved to die.
Sought for comment, incoming Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said: “The statements of our President [-elect] should not be taken as policy statements. These are personal statements and he is not yet sitting as President, just enjoying his time as a mayor.”
Duterte on Thursday refused to apologize for his statements about corrupt journalists, and warned the reporters, “Don’t fuck with me.”
The Philippines is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with 174 murdered since a chaotic and corruption-plagued democracy replaced the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos three decades ago.
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