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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Launches Profanity-Laden Tirade at the E.U.

The Philippine leader's war on drugs has seen more than 3,000 people killed

The Philippines’ foul-mouthed President, Rodrigo Duterte, has said “F-ck you” to the E.U. after it called for a halt to the brutal extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and drug users in the Philippines.

“I read the condemnation of the European Union against me. I will tell them f-ck you,” he said in an address to government officials Tuesday in the southern city of Davao, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He also raised his middle finger during the speech.

Duterte said that the imperial histories of European nations meant that they had no right to criticize his spiraling drug war.

“And then the European Union now has the gall to condemn me. I repeat it, f-ck you,” he said, according to the Inquirer.

Duterte’s war on drugs has seen more than 3,000 people killed since he was inaugurated on June 30, and has drawn widespread condemnation from global rights groups.

The Philippine leader is known for making deeply offensive remarks. Most recently, he called U.S. President Barack Obama a “son of a whore” — a slur that led to a cancellation of a scheduled meeting of the two men at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Laos in early September.

[Philippine Daily Inquirer]

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