MANILA – President Duterte struck quickly in Iceland on Friday for spearheading a UN resolution to investigate his bloody war on drugs, saying it was a country made entirely of ice, without an understanding of the country's problems.
"What's the problem with Iceland? —Ice it. That's your problem. You have too much ice and there's no clear night and day there," he said in a speech to the correction department official.
"So you can understand why there are no crimes, there are no police, and they only eat ice," he said. "They don't understand Philippine social, economic, political issues."
The resolution on the Philippines, led by Iceland, was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday with a vote of 18 supporting countries and 14 opposed, with 15 abstentions.
The exact number of deaths in President Duterte's war on drugs is impossible to independently verify. Police said they had killed 6,600 armed and resisted during attempts to arrest them, but activists said there might be as many as 27,000 drug-related killings overall.
Human rights groups say there is a pattern of executions, planted evidence and falsified reports, and the state is unwilling to investigate alleged systematic violations by police during the three-year suppression. The government rejects it as a lie.
Duterte spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Friday that Iceland had introduced a resolution "based on false information, fake news," and relied on narratives from opponents of the president and biased media.
He told the ANC news channel that Duterte would allow UN investigators to carry out investigations in his country "if he finds the destination legitimate."
The president defended his crackdown and said something must be done because millions of Filipinos are "drug slaves called & # 39; shabu & # 39; (crystal meth)."
"They are useless," he added. "If they have no money, they steal, kill. Now if you want to destroy a man or if you want to destroy a family, put one addict in that family. That will be hell for them all the time."
"So what's wrong?"
Referring to frequent criticism that he openly ordered the police to kill, he said there was nothing wrong with protecting his country.
The president spoke at the 28th anniversary of the Prison Management and Penology Bureau (BJMP) held at Camp Aguinaldo, where he thanked BJMP for its role in enforcing the rule of law.
Duterte once again warned that "drugs flooded the country."
"So, what is wrong? I ask human rights people. Is it wrong to say," If you will destroy my country, I will kill you? "Is it a crime for the mayor? Or a governor to say that? in public? "he asked.
He also said other countries believed the "hooks, ropes and ballast" that held Senator Leila de Lima, one of the most fierce critics of his war on drugs, were political prisoners. —Report from JULIE M. AURELIO
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