President Rodrigo Duterte has extended an invitation to the United Nations and the European Union to the Philippines to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.
In an impassioned speech made during the inauguration of a power plant in Misamis Oriential on Thursday, Duterte once again lashed out at his foreign critics.
“I am formally announcing the United Nations, si Ban Ki [Moon]—ano ang pangalan ng yawa [devil] na iyan. I am inviting the EU, iyong pinakamahusay. Send the best lawyers of your town. Pati ang mga [UN] rapporteurs, pumunta sila sa Pilipinas. I will write them a letter to invite them for an investigation,” Duterte said.
“But, in keeping with the time-honored principle of the right to be heard, matapos nila akong tanungin, tanungin ko sila. Siya! Isa-isahin ko sila. In an open forum. You can use the Senate or iyong Folk Arts Center, whatever, everybody here will be invited. Tapos manood kayo. Tignan ko kung paano ko lampasuhin iyang mga yawa na iyan,” he added.
The UN and EU both expressed concern on the spate of killings of drug suspects since Duterte took office on June 30.
The President won the elections with a promise to suppress crime, drugs, and corruption.