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Duterte tells Canada’s Trudeau to ‘lay off’ the ‘bullsh*t’

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has warned Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau to ‘lay off’ after he raised concerns about human rights abuses in the country.

President Duterte said he was angered and insulted yesterday after Prime Minister Trudeau spoke about his government’s war on drugs, which has been widely condemned for leaving thousands of suspects dead.

Trudeau afterwards said Duterte was receptive to his comments and stressed their exchange was cordial and positive.

But Duterte later told reporters that he had refused to provide an explanation for the killings.

President Duterte said he was angered and insulted yesterday after Prime Minister Trudeau spoke about his government’s war on drugs, which has been widely condemned for leaving thousands of suspects dead. Pictured: The two leaders holding hands yesterday

The Canadian prime minister was the first leader of the 20 attending this week's ASEAN summit and related meetings who has publicly said he brought up the touchy issue with the volatile Filipino leader

The Canadian prime minister was the first leader of the 20 attending this week’s ASEAN summit and related meetings who has publicly said he brought up the touchy issue with the volatile Filipino leader

‘I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult,’ Duterte said. ‘It angers me when you are a foreigner, you do not know what exactly is happening in this country. You don’t even investigate.

‘I only answer to the Filipino. I will not answer to any other bullsh*t, especially foreigners. Lay off.’    

Trudeau said he raised concerns about rights abuses and extrajudicial killings in Duterte’s anti-drug campaign when he met with the president yesterday ahead of Canada’s summit in the Philippines with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.   

The Canadian prime minister was the first leader of the 20 attending this week’s ASEAN summit and related meetings who has publicly said he brought up the touchy issue with the volatile Filipino leader.

‘I also mentioned human rights, the rule of law and specifically extrajudicial killings as being an issue that Canada is concerned with,’ Trudeau said at a news conference. 

‘I impressed on him the need for respect for the rule of law, and as always offered Canada’s support and help as a friend to move forward on what is a real challenge.’ 

Duterte is highly sensitive to such criticism, and in the past called then U.S. President Barack Obama a ‘son of a bitch’ after the State Department publicly expressed concern over the Philippines’ anti-drug campaign.

President Donald Trump, who also attended this week’s ASEAN summit, did not publicly take Duterte to task for the drug crackdown. Instead, Trump said he and Duterte ‘had a great relationship,’ and avoided questions about whether he raised human rights concerns in a meeting with the Philippine leader.

President Donald Trump, who also attended this week's ASEAN summit, did not publicly take Duterte to task for the drug crackdown

President Donald Trump, who also attended this week’s ASEAN summit, did not publicly take Duterte to task for the drug crackdown

The White House later said they discussed the Islamic State group, illegal drugs and trade during the 40-minute meeting. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up ‘briefly’ in the context of the Philippines’ fight against illegal drugs. She did not say if Trump was critical of Duterte’s program.

Harry Roque, Duterte’s spokesman, said there was no mention of human rights or extralegal killings during the meeting with Trump, but there was a lengthy discussion of the Philippines’ war on drugs, with Duterte doing most of the explaining.

The two sides later issued a statement saying they ‘underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs.’

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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