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SAN FERNANDO, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte hurled fresh insults at United Nations special rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard on Monday, August 28, after she said in a tweet that the death of Kian delos Santos should be the last in his drug war.
“‘Tangina niya, sabihin mo. Huwag niya ako takutin. Putangina niya. Gago pala siya eh,” said Duterte in San Fernando, Pampanga, during a press conference.
(Son of a bitch, tell her. She shouldn’t try to scare me. Son of a bitch. She’s a fool.)
The President was asked for his reaction to Callamard’s tweet on Saturday in which she said the death of the 17-year-old Caloocan resident should be the “last” in the government’s bloody anti-drugs campaign.
A fuming Duterte, who at first thought Callamard was in the Philippines, said that tragedies are to be expected in bloody wars like his.
“Umuwi siya doon. Who is she to – mangyayari na mangyayari ‘yan, eh sa lugar niya nangyayari, eh gago ka pala,” he said.
(She should go home. Who is she to – those kinds of incidents will always happen, even in her country it happens. She’s a fool.)
Duterte accused Callamard of speaking up before knowing more about the situation on the ground. Similar to the way he dealt with other foreign critics, the President treated the UN official’s statement as interference into domestic affairs.
“Papuntahan mo siya dito. Tingnan mo ang sitwasyon. Do not ever give me that kind of shit. Republika ng Pilipinas ito, hindi teritoryo ng France,” he said.
(Let her come here. Look at the situation. Do not ever give me that kind of shit. This is the Republic of the Philippines, not a territory of France.)
Callamard first earned Duterte’s ire when she condemned his drug war during the first months of his presidency. After saying she would investigate his anti-illegal drugs campaign and the supposed extrajudicial killings being linked to it, Duterte said he was open to the idea, but only if he could have a public debate with her as well. – Rappler.com
Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.