Duterte: I will not be cowed by allegations on human rights violations

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President Rodrigo Duterte didn't directly comment on the refusal of EU aid that came with certain conditions, but he said he would not be intimidated by allegations that he violated human rights.

Tagum City (CNN Philippines, May 18) — In a speech during the inauguration of a bridge in Tagum City, Davao del Norte this afternoon, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not be cowed by allegations that he is violating human rights.

The President made no direct mention of the administration's plan to refuse aid from the European Union (EU) which previously expressed concerns over human rights violations and extra-judicial killings.

 

"If you know better, wag ka talaga magkumpyansa diyan sa human rights na yan. Pati yan, sabayan ko kayo putulan ng ulo. Hindi ako madala ng ganong takot. Ikulong mo ako, eh ikulong mo ako. Dapat akong makulong, okay fine, I'll pay the price but do not f*** the Filipino family," he said.

[Translation:If you know better, you will not be complacent when it comes to human rights. I will take your head off. I will not be intimidated by that kind of fear. If you want to throw me in jail, then throw me in jail. I deserve it, okay fine, I'll pay the price but do not f*** the Filipino family.]

In a text, Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez said that the President has "approved the recommendation not to accept the EU's offer of a grant about US$280 (million) which would involve review of our adherence to the rule of law. "

"That specific grant is considered interference in our internal affairs," Dominguez added.

This is somewhat in sync with the President's earlier speech where in said that he won't be bothered by criticisms on human rights.

He said he will continue to fight illegal drugs even if it means seeing more people killed.

"Iwasan talaga ninyo. Itong three years halos ubos na 'yan. May namamatay sabihin mo lang 100 a day, meron. Kung sinong pumapatay ay ewan ko, ayaw kong malaman," he said as he vowed to rid the country of illegal drugs.

[Translation: Avoid this completely. In three years, it will be mostly gone. There will be people who will die, if you say 100 a day, there will be that number. Who is doing the killing, I don't know, I don't want to know.]

During a briefing at Malacañang this morning Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said "When (the aid) begins to impose certain conditionalities that will interfere with the way we handle things, then we consider that objectionable."

READ: PH only refusing EU aid that affects internal affairs

"They have conditions, but there are certain items, for example, that we cannot totally accept," Abella said.

These conditions involve grants that entail a review of the Philippines' adherence to the rule of law, officials said.

"We are aware about the decision of President Duterte declining the grant from EU that will measure our our so-called adherence to the rule of law," said Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza in a statement.

"Our country has it own internal issues to address that need not be looked into by other nations due to our own internal standards that other sovereign nations such as ours must respect," Dureza added.

The European Union Delegation to the Philippines confirmed to CNN Philippines that the country will no longer accept aid from the European Union (EU).

The statement from EU-PH Delegation public affairs officer Thelma Gecolea comes after reports stating the country would turn down some 250 million euros (around ₱13.88 billion) of grants, which would have been allocated to Muslim communities.

The announcement was made after the country secured billions of dollars in grants and loans from China in the Belt and Road summit on May 14 in Beijing.

READ: EU delegation confirms PH refusing aid from EU

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong and VJ Bacungan contributed to this story.