Wed. May 25th, 2022

Russia’s unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine deserves condemnation, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Tuesday.

(gmanetwork.com)

In a speech in Butuan City, Duterte acknowledged how both he and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both facing cases before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity and war crimes, respectively.

However, he reiterated that he was different from Putin because he only allowed the killing of “criminals” while the latter authorized bombings of the children and elderly.

“I kill people but they’re criminals. I don’t kill children, elderly,” Duterte said.

Although he described Putin as his “friend”, Duterte said Russia’s attacks on Ukraine were “so brutal.”

“Putin and I are friends. What is happening there deserves condemnation. It’s not good,” he added.

In an episode of The President’s Chatroom aired on Monday, Duterte maintained that he is not like Putin.

“It’s true I’m facing cases. And the deaths may be true. But I am not like Putin,” he told his guest, senatorial bet and former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

Meanwhile, he lashed out at the international tribunal anew for looking into alleged crimes against humanity related to killings in Duterte’s anti-narcotics campaign.

“These white people, they keep wanting to police us,” he said.

He justified drug war killings during police operations, noting that they were done in the context of self-defense.

“They make it appear like we will kill without reason. Who would kill without reason?” he added.

Duterte repeatedly said he would not cooperate with the ICC and only face a Philippine court.

In September 2021, the ICC pre-trial chamber allowed a probe into the killings tied to Duterte’s war on drugs.

The Philippines in November 2021 asked the ICC to defer the investigation, saying it is already acting on the deaths associated with the drug war.

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