Worldwide — Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, has responded to “concerns” from the United States and the United Nations about his war on drugs in his country which has so far killed about 1,000 drug lords. But Duterte says he is equally concerned about the killings of “black people” in the U.S.
When asked to comment on the issue, Duterte replied: “Here comes the UN, easily swayed, and coming with a very stupid proposition. Why would the United Nations be so easily swayed into interfering in the affairs of this republic?”
He said that while the UN was quick to criticize his administration, they seem to be “keeping silent” on the violence in the Middle East and police brutality in the United States. He added, “The Philippine government is worried about what is being done to the Black people there in America, being shot even while lying down. Why are the blacks being killed on trumped up charges? There’s a hatred there being sowed by their government.”
Duterte, who is 71-years old, recently won the May election after promising to wage a war on illegal drugs and high crime in the Philippines. He says that there are 3 million drug addicts in his country, and that millions more are being “devastated by drugs”. And most Filipinos are huge supporters of what he is doing.
Meanwhile, Black Americans are also applauding him for being one of few international leaders that have also spoken out against the ongoing discrimination and police brutality in the U.S.
In 2015 alone, according to The Washington Post, more than 250 black people were shot dead in the U.S. by police officers. In 2016, the number of similar incidents so far are just as high.