While the US media is obsessing over what could happen to the US if the diplomatic debacle that is Donald Trump becomes president (as opposed perhaps to the pathological liar and State Department-for-hire that is HIillary Clinton), the Philippines has a living, breathing example of the worst that a person who has zero regard for the status quo or the establishment, can unleash. Or perhaps the best. We are talking about the country's new president, Rodrigo Duterte, who most recently made headlines for calling the US ambassador to his country an "annoying, homosexual, son of a bitch", yet whose policies, unorthodox as they may be, are working when after some 400 drug dealers were killed in the Philippine government's "war on narco-politics", reportedly another 500,000 turned themselves in.
In Duterte's latest outburst, the Philippine president has threatened that the country could leave the UN, after the organization urged the Philippines to stop executing and killing people linked to drug business and threatened that “state actors” could be punished.
"Maybe we'll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations. If you're that rude, son of a bitch, we'll just leave you," Duterte told reporters in Davao, quoted by Bloomberg.
“I don't give a shit about them,” he added. “They are the ones interfering. You do not just go out and give a shitting statement against a country.”
Calling the UN “inutile", Duterte said the Philippines could invite China, African nations and other countries to create a rival international body. He went further, slamming the UN’s response to other global issues.
Cited by RT, Duterte said “Look at the iconic boy that was taken out from the rubble and he was made to sit in the ambulance and we saw it," Duterte said. The picture of Omran Daqneesh, a five-year-old Syrian boy has recently gone viral around the globe. "Why is it that [the] United States is not doing anything? I do not read you. Anybody in that stupid body complaining about the stench there of death?"
The Philippine leader also slammed the US for its own human rights record, citing the string of shootings involving police and black men that have sparked protests in the U.S. "Why are you Americans killing the black people there, shooting them down when they are already on the ground?" he asked. "Answer that question, because even if it's just one or two or three, it is still human rights violations."
The angry tirade at the news conference in Davao City came after the UN’s special rapporteur on summary executions, Agnes Callamard, urged the Philippines to stop extrajudicial executions and killings, saying “state actors” could be punished for the “illegal killings.”
In many ways, Duterte's response to the UN report is comparable to that by Turkey's president Erdogan, who has not taken kindly to European (and US) criticism for cracking down on, firing or arresting nearly 100,000 people following July's failed Turkish coup.
Meanwhile, in the Philippines, about 900 people have been killed by unidentified attackers since May, when Duterte was elected, and another 665 died at the hands of security forces, according to the national police chief.
Duterte, however, has vehemently denied these accusations, and said that the police only fired in self-defense, while he also lashed out at the UN. He shrugged off the prospect of repercussions that could follow as a result of his remarks.
"I don't give a shit about them. They are the ones interfering,” Duterte said. He also wondered whether UN officials were indeed threatening to jail him and repeated that he was ready to sacrifice his life and presidency for his country.
Needless to say, Duterte has developed a reputation for being very outspoken. As such, we, for one, would be quite entertained by the prospect of an unfiltered and uncut real time summit between Duterte and Trump, should the latter be elected on November 8. We are confident millions of others would too.