Duterte threatens to pull PH out of United Nations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday threatened to pull the country's membership out of the United Nations (U.N.) amid criticisms from UN and human rights experts on alleged extra judicial killings in the war on drugs.

Despite the threat, the President said in a media briefing in Davao that the U.N. is welcome to investigate the rising death toll in the intensified war against drugs.

His statement comes after Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on summary executions,  said on social media that she will be looking at the situation in the country after Malacañang criticized the U.N. for not understanding what was happening on the ground.

 

"I will explain extra-judicial killings, for international release, if you want," he said. "My orders are for the police to go out and hunt for criminals. I tell them to arrest these criminals if they surrender peacefully, but kill them if they put up a violent struggle. I assume full responsibility for what happens."

Duterte said he will show the U.N. the statistics of his campaign and prove the importance of protecting innocent Filipinos. He also said his campaign has encouraged law enforcers to shoot dangerous criminals to death, rather than be defeated by long-winded cases in court.

"My job as president is to protect innocent law-abiding citizens," he said. "I was never tasked by any law to protect criminals. I say this because 16 million people voted for me and I have a large margin between me and the next candidate."

He also said the U.N. representatives should be ready for his questions, especially after he criticized the international agency's supposed inaction in other global conflicts like the war in Syria.