During a media briefing on the last day of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), President Rodrigo Duterte said he felt insulted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who raised his concern on human rights abuses and drug-related extrajudicial killings.
The President also added he would not explain his policies to foreign countries since he was only responsible to explain his side to his fellow Filipinos.
You know, I was elected by the people of the Republic of the Philippines. I only answer to the people of the Republic of the Philippines. But for the others, I just said, what happened to the right to be heard? I told him, ‘did it not occur to you to wonder why?’ What they only presented was extrajudicial killing but they could not produce what happened, when and howSEE ALSO: Veteran journalist unmasks Trudeau: With a master's degree in diversionary tactics
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.
The Canadian Prime Minister said President Duterte was "receptive" when he mentioned Canada's concern over the pressing issues confronting the Philippines.
I actually had an opportunity to have a conversation with President Duterte just before our meeting earlier this morning, in which I emphasized, of course, the people-to-people ties between Canada and the Philippines and the great connections there.Source: The Manila Times, Philstar
But I also mentioned human rights, rule of law, specifically extrajudicial killings, as an issue that Canada is concerned with.
We impressed upon him the need to respect the rule of law and, as always, offered Canada's support and help as a friend to help move forward. This is the way we engage with the world, this is the way we always will.
The President was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange.