Philippines president mocks ‘ice-eating’ Iceland over UN conflict on medicine vote


MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took a swipe at Iceland on Friday for spearheading a U.N. decision to research his bloody conflict on medicine, saying it was a nation made totally of ice, with no understanding of his nation’s issues.

“What’s the downside of Iceland? – Ice solely. That’s your downside. You have got an excessive amount of ice and there’s no clear day and evening there,” he stated in a rambling speech to corrections division officers.

“So you possibly can perceive why there isn’t a crime, no policeman both, and so they simply go about consuming ice.

“They don’t perceive the social, financial, political issues of the Philippines.”

The decision on the Philippines, led by Iceland, was adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday by a vote of 18 nations in favor and 14 towards, with 15 abstentions.

The precise variety of useless in Duterte’s conflict on medicine is unattainable to independently confirm. Police say they’ve killed 6,600 who had been armed and fought again throughout makes an attempt to arrest them, however activists say there might have been as many as 27,000 drug-related killings total.

Human rights teams say there’s a sample of executions, planted proof and falsified reviews, and a state unwilling to research widespread allegations of systematic abuses by police throughout the three-year-old crackdown. The federal government rejects that as lies.

Duterte’s spokesman, Salvador Panelo, stated on Friday Iceland had launched a decision “primarily based on false data, bogus information,” and relied on narratives of Duterte’s opponents and biased media.

He informed information channel ANC that Duterte would allow United Nations investigators to conduct a probe in his nation “if he finds the aim respectable.”

Duterte defended his crackdown and stated one thing needed to be accomplished as a result of thousands and thousands of Filipinos had been “slaves to a drug referred to as shabu.”

“They’re inutile,” he added. “In the event that they haven’t any cash, they steal, kill. Now if you wish to destroy a person or if you wish to destroy a household, place one addict in that household. It will be hell for them for all-time.”

Referring to frequent criticism that he publicly gave police orders to kill, he stated there was nothing mistaken with defending his nation.

“I’m asking the human rights individuals. Is it mistaken to say in case you destroy my nation I’ll kill you? Is crime for a president mayor or a governor to say that in public?”