DUTERTE’ Retaliates, giving European Union Ambassadors to leave the country within 24 hours’

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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday lashed out at the European Union, which he said threatened to have the country expelled from the United Nations (UN) because of his war on drugs.

Excluded from the UN? You, s** of a b****, do it. I am not Spanish. You go! You are in interfering in our affairs because we’re a poor county. You’ll give us funds then you start to orchestrate what things should be done and which should happen in my country. Do not f*** with us.

The President gave the ambassadors of countries who are part of EU to a 24-hour ultimatum to leave the country. They have until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

“The ambassadors of those countries listening now, tell me. Because we can have the diplomatic channel cut tomorrow. You leave my country in 24 hours. All. All of you. You must have taken the Filpino for granted saying that we could be excluded. Is it really your decision?” Duterte said.

Duterte barking up the wrong tree?

The European Union has not issued any statement about the Duterte government’s controversial war on drugs and any supposed threat from the EU to take the Philippines out of the United Nations.

The Human Rights Watch has issued a statement to this effect.

Also, a small delegation from Europe, the “Progressive Alliance and Party of European Socialists” recently came to the country and called for a stop to the alleged drug killings.

These two groups do not represent the European Union.

The Palace, in a statement, clarified Duterte’s remark, saying the President was referring to the seven-member delegation of the International Delegates of the Progressive Alliance that does not represent the EU.

“This delegation’s irresponsible statements protesting the alleged killings under the Duterte Administration demean our status as a sovereign nation,” said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

The group had warned that the Philippines may lose its EU Generalized Scheme of Preference (GPS) plus status if these killings continue.

The EU-GSP+, granted in December 2014, allows the Philippines to export 6,274 types of products with no tax to the EU. The products range from electronics, machinery and transport equipment, coconut oil, manufactured goods, and chemicals.

As a condition, the Philippines must promote human rights based on the EU-Philippine Partnership Framework Agreement.

Duterte: PH can survive without EU

Despite this, the President still minced no words, saying the Philippines can survive without the EU and told ambassadors of its member countries to leave if they want to.

“The ambassadors of those countries listening now, tell me. Because we can have the diplomatic channel cut tomorrow. You leave my country in 24 hours. All. All of you. You must have taken the Filpino for granted saying that we could be excluded. Is it really your decision?” Duterte said.

Abella said this remark is Duterte’s way of protecting the country from foreign influence.

“For so long has our President tolerated these undue interferences in our domestic affairs, and he has decided that these must stop if only to preserve the integrity and dignity of our State as a sovereign nation,” Abella said.

Duterte also stressed he will not let any country, whether from Europe or the United States, to dictate on the Philippines, adding he will make this clear when he speaks at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit to be held in Manila on November.

Meanwhile, the EU said it maintains a close working relationship with the Philippines despite Duterte’s tirade.

“The EU and the Philippines work constructively and productively together in a close partnership in many contexts and areas, including, of course, in the UN context. The cooperation covers a very wide range of subjects, including trade, where this year the Philippines made extraordinary progress on its exports to the EU,” EU said in a statement.

It added the International Delegates of the Progressive Alliance was not an EU mission when it visited on October 8-9.

“The European Union was not part of the organisation or planning of that visit — neither the Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines nor the European Union institutions in Brussels. The statements made by the Progressive Alliance during its visit to the Philippines were made solely on behalf of the Progressive Alliance and do not represent the position of the European Union,” it said.

Philippine Special Envoy to the EU Ed Angara told CNN Philippines‘ News Night that the statement from the International Delegates of the Progressive Alliance was “gross misinformation conveyed by a group pretending to represent the EU, which is absolutely false.”

Angara added he will also explain to Duterte what the EU’s agenda are for the country.

“If I have the chance to talk to the President, I can explain to him that that’s not what the EU intends to do. They want to continue engaging with us, help us, in development especially in Mindanao,” Angara said.

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