Duterte to UN expert on judicial independence: Go to hell

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte blasted United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur Diego García-Sayán early Sunday, telling the expert on judicial independence to “go to hell.”

“Sino 'yang rapporteur na 'yan? [Who is that rapporteur?] He is not (a) special person and I do not recognize his rapporteur title. Tell him not to interfere with the affairs of my country. He can go to hell,” said the President.

Duterte was reacting to García-Sayán’s statement that his pronouncements calling former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno his enemy and her eventual ouster are “directly related.”

The UN expert added that these statements could have had a chilling effect on other Supreme Court justices.

READ: Duterte to Sereno: I am now your enemy

Duterte reiterated that Sereno was the one who provoked him into making the statement because he claimed, he does not have a “habit” of interfering with cases hurled against his critics.

“Alam naman ninyo bakit I exploded. Ang sinabi ko sa kanya, t***** ka, sinabi ko na sa’yo hindi ako nakiki- (alam) [You know why I exploded. I’ve already told her, you child of a whore, I’ve already told you I don’t interfere],”he said.

Duterte said Solicitor General Jose Calida acted on his own when he filed the quo warranto petition against Sereno, which led to her ouster.

"Calida is doing it because he's an Ilocano. He's hurt because of 'yung denials sa burial ni Marcos. Akala niya nakikialam ako. [She thought I was interfering],” he said.

He also cited the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) involving the Aquino administration as one of the cases from which he choose to distance himself.

“Ni hindi ko nga pinapakialaman ‘yang DAP na ‘yan. Sinong nagnakaw diyan.  [I do not even interfere with the DAP controversy. Whoever stole money from that fund] I leave it to the Ombudsman,” Duterte said.

As he prepared to leave the briefing, Duterte cussed out García-Sayán.

“Wala akong pakialam. Sabihan mo ‘yang p********** rapporteur na ‘yan, pumunta siya ng impiyerno. [I don’t care. Tell that ‘son of a whore’ rapporteur to go to hell],” he said.

Some persons in the audience burst into laughter.