Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he felt insulted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for raising his concern on human rights abuses and drug- related extra-judicial killings in his war on drugs, The Manila Times Online reported on Wednesday (Nov 15).
Speaking with the media after the closing of the 31 st Asean Summit and related meetings on Tuesday night, Duterte said he told Trudeau that raising the two issues was “a personal and official insult”.
However, he said that he would not explain his policies to foreign countries because he was only responsible to explain his side to his countrymen.
“I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult. That is why you hear me throwing down epithets, cursing and saying b***sh**, everything. It angers me when you are a foreigner, you do not know exactly what is happening in this country. You do not investigate,” said Duterte.
Trudeau said that Duterte was “receptive” when he mentioned Canada’s concern over the pressing issues confronting the Philippines.
The Philippine government has claimed that 3,967 people have been killed in anti- drug operations as of October 2017. But human rights groups claimed the real death toll is around 13,000.