Philippines president threatens to exit UN

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to quit the United Nations organization on Sunday and invite China and others to form a new one after UN criticised his war on drugs as a crime under worldwide law.

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Agnes Callamard, said in the report released Thursday that the country should work to end what it called "targeted killings".

About 900 people have been killed by unidentified attackers since May, when Duterte was elected, and another 665 died at the hands of security forces, according to the national police chief.

If the Philippines were to leave the UN, Duterte said, he would invite China and African countries to join in forming a new intergovernmental organization. "If you are really true to your mandate, you could have stopped all these wars and killings?" said Mr Duterte in a rambling, two-hour news conference that began at 1am on Sunday. If you are there because of a presidential appointment, I will declare all your positions, all throughout the country, vacant.

PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE, challenging the United Nations special rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard to visit the Philippines to look into the deaths and see that lawmen are also being killed in his anti-crime drive.

Callamard warned Duterte that his fight against the illicit drug trade did not absolve him from the Philippines' global legal obligations and would not shield him from any liabilities for illegal killings.

Calling the United Nations "stupid", he told reporters he didn't "give a sh*t about them", and said it was interfering.

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"Look at the iconic boy that was taken out from the rubble and he was made to sit in the ambulance and we saw it", Duterte said, referring to the photo of a 5-year-old Syrian boy, Omran Daqneesh, that has gone viral online.

"I admit many are dying but our campaign, now... we have momentum", he said.

One witness told the senators that her husband and father-in-law were arrested and beaten by policemen and taken to a police station, where they were shot to death last month.

The Philippine Human Rights Commission said autopsies carried on and a man and his son showed they had suffered broken limbs before being shot three times.

Duterte said the United Nations had been unable to tackle hunger and terrorism, and called on the body to refund its contribution "so we can go out".

Mr Duterte was sworn in as president in June, after winning a landslide election victory.

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