Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte, who has a history of unleashing expletives at his critics, on Monday hurled jibes at the European M.P.s over a recently passed resolution that condemned Duterte’s plans to reinstate the death penalty for drug offenders. Riled by the death penalty censure, the Philippine leader told the European parliament to “mind its own business” and not impose its beliefs on other countries.
Earlier this month, the Philippine House of Representatives gave its nod to a version of the death penalty legislation that would allow the authorities to execute drug convicts by hanging, firing squad or lethal injection, writes The Guardian. The move prompted the European Union lawmakers to pass a resolution describing capital punishment as a “cruel and inhuman” weapon.
Duterte, known as “The Punisher,” for his confrontational style of policing, has launched a fierce drug war since he came to power in last July. With more than 7,000 drug-related killings reported during his regime, the leader is under attack from human rights bodies that demand the bloodshed to stop.
An undeterred Duterte, however, cites the examples of other Southeast Asian countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, where capital punishment is still exercised, notes The Irish Times.