Duterte: I might follow Putin's ICC withdrawal

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President Rodrigo Duterte said he might also withdraw from the International Criminal Court like Russian President Valdimir Putin.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Before leaving for the 2016 APEC summit in Peru, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he might follow Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

On Wednesday, Putin officially ordered Russia's withdrawal from the ICC —which tries genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes against aggression, and war crimes — for its apparent ineffectiveness and failure to be non-partisan.

But for his part, Duterte gave a vague reason for following Russia's decision.

"Tayo lang mga maliliit ang binugbog ng mga walang hiya," he said.

[Translation: It's small countries like us who are being pummeled by those bastards.]

A visibly impassioned Duterte expressed disdain for the ongoing conflicts in Mosul and Aleppo, where there are plenty of civilian casualties.

"Mind you, sabi ng Russia (Russia said), we will protect you. Ang problema (the problem is) Russia withdrew from the International Criminal Court. What could be the reason? I really do not know. Maybe to protect what they are doing in Syria: the incessant bombing and killing of civilians," Duterte said.

The president said Russia's withdrawal from the ICC is a lesson for the "United States-dominated" United Nations for failing to stop wars.

New order?

Duterte said that if China and Russia create their own international body, he will be the first to sign up. He said if that happens, he will also withdraw from the U.N.:

"If China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I will be the first to join. Aalis ako diyan sa (I will leave the)...There was a League of Nations before in the Hague...Nothing happened, there's still war. Itong United Nations, walang nagawa (The United Nations was unable to do anything). Series of war: Vietnam, Taliban, ngayon dito (now here)."


He said, "The killing is endless. The mouth is flattering."

Duterte again criticized the United States: "Kaya yan ang leksyon natin (That's our lesson). Just because it is America, it does not mean that it is good."

As for the critics of his war on drugs, Duterte said he will "lecture them on the fine points of civilization."

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