President Duterte threatens to pull out the Philippines from the United Nations.
Due to persistent criticisms from rights experts over the increasing death toll in connection with the administration's war on drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to separate the Philippines from the United Nations.
The announcement was made on early Sunday morning when a statement by UN special rapporteurs Agnes Callamard and Dainus Puras was released, urging the Philippine government to stop the extrajudicial killings of people connected to illegal drugs.
"Maybe we'll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations. Eh kung ganiyan kayo kabastos, umalis na kami diyan sa inyo (If you are that disrespectful, then we might as well leave,)" he said.
According to the president, the UN special rapporteurs broke protocol when they broadcasted a statement criticizing his administration.
"You do not just throw that kind of allegations or statement without even coming here. You're just relying on the reports of newspapers and tabloids. That's what you do," he said.
The president ordered to see the rapporteurs in the Philippines or somewhere else, reminding them that he is now a Chief Executive, not just a mayor.
"Let them talk to me and let them face me with hard facts," he added.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said beforehand, that the government didn't give any invitation to third-party observers, stating that "the drug situation is being responsibly addressed by Philippine authorities."
Duterte dubbed the UN as "inutile" as they had not done any good for the Philippines and could not even end wars and maintain peace among its members.
"So take us out of your organization. You have done nothing. Where were you the last time? Never. Except to criticize," he said.
He strongly suggested for the UN to refund the Philippines' financial contribution so we can leave.
"I can build so many rehabilitation centers with that amount," he added.
The president also implied that he plans to form a new intergovernmental organization with China and African countries.