Updated 22:49 PM PHT Thu, September 22, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday announced he is inviting rapporteurs from the United Nations (U.N.) and the European Union (E.U.) to come to the Philippines and investigate extrajudicial killings.
"I am inviting the United Nations… I am inviting the E.U. Send the best lawyers of your town. Pati ang mga rapporteurs, pumunta sila sa Pilipinas [Even the rapporteurs, come to the Philippines]. I will write them a letter to invite them for an investigation," Duterte said during an inauguration of a coal plant in Misamis Oriental.
The President said he has a simple condition: that he should be able to answer them and also ask questions, publicly.
"In keeping with the time-honored principle of the right to be heard, matapos nila akong tanungin, tatanungin ko sila. Iisa-isahin ko sila," he said.
[Translation: In keeping with the time-honored principle of the right to be heard, I will ask them. Each one of them.]
"Open forum, you can use the Senate, or yung Folk Arts center [or the Folk Arts Center], whatever. Everybody will be invited."
He is confident that he will be able to satisfy their questions, but not his.
"Manood kayo. Tignan niyo kung paano ko lampasuhin yang mga yawa na 'yan," said Duterte.
[Translation: You watch. Watch me discredit them.]
"I killed thousands? What was the name of the first victim? What happened? Where? For what reason? How was it done? What time was it?"
Duterte said threatening criminals and syndicates is not unlawful.
"Why are you complaining about me threatening the criminals and the drug syndicates? If you consider the facts that we have now we have 3,700,000 drug addicts," said Duterte.
"You know there is no crime at all in the Philippines which says I cannot threaten criminals or else I will go to prison."
The President pointed out he did what he had to do to put order in Davao City when he was mayor, but nothing was against the law.
"Davao was very topsy-turvy. When I became mayor I said, kayong mga criminal, mga durugista, mga addict, mga holdupper, umalis kayo kasi 'pag hindi talagang mamatay kayo," Duterte said.
[Translation: Davao was very topsy-turvy. When I became mayor I said, you criminals, drug peddlersm, addicts, holduppers, get out because you will get killed if you don't.]
"Yung sabihin mo na patayin ko, nakatali ang kamay sa likod, those are the handy work of their co-conspirators dyan sa droga. Yung binabalot na tino-torture, hindi trabaho ng gobyerno 'yan."
[Translation: Those they say who got killed, whose hands were tied at the back, those are handy work of their co-conspirators in the drug trade. Those who were wrapped and tortured, that's not how the government works.]
Duterte said he only had one directive to the Police-and since then, nothing has changed.
"Kung ano ang mangyari, as long as it is in the performance of your duty, duty-connected, and that your life is in danger, patayin mo. 'Wag ka mamatay kasi pagdating ko ikaw ang barilin ko."
[Translation: Whatever happens, as long as it is in the performance of your duty, if it's duty-connected, and that your life is in danger, kill them don't die because if you do, I will shoot you myself.]