Philippines president calls European critics "crazies"

President Duterte speaks during his departure ceremony before a visit to Myanmar at Davao city international airport in Davao Philippines 19 March 2017

Philippines president calls European critics "crazies"

Acting out an imagined phone call with the current U.S. president, he impersonated Trump and his possible stance on Duterte's war against drugs, which was heavily criticized by the previous United States administration.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar revealed that during the bilateral meeting with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, President Duterte expressed support for efforts to seek peace even as he guaranteed that the Philippines will help Myanmar in rice production technology.

Duterte gave his speech mostly in Filipino including some parts in English to make himself clear to Europeans.

"Let us pray fervently for the legislators of our country as they prepare to vote on death penalty in the Philippine Senate", the bishops also said.

The text also calls for the immediate release of Senator Leila de Lima, a critic of Duterte's who was arrested last month on what the parliament says are feared to be "almost entirely fabricated" charges.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have said Duterte may be overseeing crimes against humanity, with police allegedly running anonymous death squads.

The 71-year-old president, whose war on drugs has killed 7,000 people since he launched it in July, referenced a recent American magazine cover which featured a trans person during his speech.

'More people will die. Duterte previously claimed Trump had praised his controversial methods of dealing with drug users and dealers, saying it was the "right way". I said I will not stop. Lt Gen Werachon said the two sides will discuss drug suppression, cooperation between intelligence agencies, and solving problems in the restive areas of Mindanao, a southern city of the Philippines, where the armed group The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is based. In response, he said he had to "destroy" small-time street peddlers as well as the big-time drug lords.

To illustrate his theory on the clash of cultures, Duterte referred to a recent Time magazine cover article on gender and sexuality and compared it with what he insisted was blanket Filipino opposition to same-sex marriage.

"That can't be applied to us, we're Catholics".

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