Duterte to UN, Critics: ‘I’m the President’

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte once again fired back at the United Nations (UN) and his other critics who express disapproval of his administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

In his speech before the military on Friday, August 26, Duterte said that the UN broke the protocol when it issued a statement that criticized the extrajudicial killings that have occurred since he took office in July.

“When I was mayor, you can really criticize me…call me names. But these dimwits forgot that I’m now a president and I represent a country,” Duterte said during his speech at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City.

He added that he does not care about the views of human rights advocates and experts from the UN because he bears the responsibility of protecting Filipinos.

“My business is to protect the people of the Philippines and keep intact the integrity of the republic. That is my solemn and sacred duty,” he said.

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Earlier this month, Duterte threatened to pull the Philippines from the UN after special rapporteurs Agnes Callamard and Dainius Puras called on the government to stop the extrajudicial killings of persons linked to illegal drugs.

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