Philippines: Duterte Removes Police from Anti-Drugs Ops, Accuses EU of Plotting

Protest against the Philippine war on drugs at the Philippines Consulate General in New York City. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Protest against the Philippine war on drugs at the Philippines Consulate General in New York City. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Amid fierce national and international criticism, President Rodrigo Duterte has removed the Philippine police from the ongoing drugs wars.

His government has been accused of the bloody crackdown in the so-called anti-drug wars which killed around 4,000 people.

As the President removed the police from the anti-drug campaign, the country’s Drugs Enforcement Agency will now take the charge of the drug war operations.

Duterte once suspended the country’s police in the beginning of the year from the anti-drug operations but re-appointed them shortly.

This time, Duterte’s decision was prompted after the anti-drug police kidnapped and killed a South Korean businessman.

In the meantime, the Philippine President , who is often talked about for his explosive remarks and controversial moves, has accused the European Union of interfering in the country’s internal issues.

He accused the EU of plotting against his country to get Philippine ejected from the United Nations.

He threatened to expel the EU envoy within 24 hours from his country in a speech full of swear words.

“We will be excluded in the UN? You son of a bitch, Go ahead!”, uttered Duterte.

“You are interfering in our affairs because we are poor. You give money and then you start to orchestrate what things should be done.”

Threatening the envoy to leave Philippine, Duterte said, “You leave my country in 24 hours, all, all of you.”

The European Union envoy in Philippine consists of U.S. Sweden, Germany, Italy, and Australia.

In a statement the EU said, “The European Union was not part of the organization or planning of that visit – neither the Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines nor the European Union institutions in Brussels. The statements made by the Progressive Alliance during its visit to the Philippines were made solely on behalf of the Progressive Alliance and do not represent the position of the European Union.”

“The EU and the Philippines work constructively and productively together in a close partnership in many contexts and areas, including, of course, in the UN context,” the statement added.

Duterte was elected last year promising to fight against drug and corruption. But his moves have been hugely criticised by the international community for human rights abuses.

Lately in the Philippines as well, Duterte is facing criticism. Many groups including humanitarian organizations have been demanding to stop extrajudicial killings.

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