Duterte to US Congress: ‘Clean your own backyard first’



President Rodrigo Duterte said the United States House of Representatives should start cleaning its own backyard first before looking into the affairs of other countries.

“Marami silang human rights violation. It would be good for the US Congress to start with their own investigation of their own violations of the so many civilian killings or killed in the prosecution of the war in the Middle East,” Duterte told reporters.




This came after a bipartisan caucus in the US House of Representatives conducted a hearing on the “human rights consequence of the ‘war on drugs’ currently underway in the Philippines.”

“Explain to me why a hospital was bombed with all the technology and children and the patients being killed before you start to investigate me,” he added.

According to Duterte, he will re-investigate the “sins” committed by the US to the Philippines and will expose it to the world.

Malacañang said the Filipino people are the real judge of the Duterte administration’s drug war, but appealed to the US Congress to consider all sides to reach a factual conclusion.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the issues that are the focus of the Commission Hearing must be discussed in the context of the scope of the challenge the Philippines is facing and the actions being taken to address it.

He also said that the US House of Representatives should give the country the opportunity to be heard as they probe the alleged killings in the country.

“The universality of human rights presupposes due process be observed by all and as such, any proceedings that allege wrongdoing should provide the opportunity for all sides to be considered,” Abella said

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