Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to expel European diplomats from the country during a press briefing on Thursday, October 12 , accusing their governments of planning to oust the Philippines from the United Nations.
The attack was a response to the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Philippine Universal Periodic Review Watch’s statement that the Philippines could be removed from the UN body for human rights violations in Duterte’s controversial “drug war,” Manila Times reported. Over 3,850 people have been killed during the anti-drugs campaign.
In his speech, Duturte said that European countries have “taken the Philippines for granted”, and called for ambassadors to leave “in 24 hours.”
“You want to expel us, you try,” Duterte said. “You think China and Russia will allow that?” Duterte cited no evidence in his speech of EU ambassadors plotting to have the Philippines removed from the UN. Credit: RTV Malacanang via Storyful