Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for some strange reason felt a need to warn Donald Trump away from raising questions about his grotesque human rights record:
“You want to ask a question, I’ll give you an answer,” he said. “Lay off. That is not your business. That is my business. I take care of my country and I will nurture my country to health.”
Duterte’s way of nurturing his country to health is to have a lot of people murdered and tortured:
In the past year, more than 7,000 people — who Philippine authorities have questionably claimed were “drug dealers” and drug users — have been killed by police and “unidentified gunmen” in an escalating, bloody “war on drugs,” according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Duterte’s administration has also been criticized for using “secret jails” where police reportedly torture suspects and demand bribes for prisoners’ freedom.
But let’s face it. If Trump, who has already congratulated Duterte for his approach to drug use, raises human rights when the two meet, it’ll probably be accompanied by a high five.
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