'F*** you EU!' Philippines president blasts Brussels over execution of criminals

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at Camp Tecson to talk to soldiers in San Miguel Bulacan in northern Philippines

"I did not realize how severe and how serious the problem of drug menace in this republic was until I became president", the hotheaded president said in a press briefing.

According to Police record, he joined office on 30 June, around 3,000 people have killed and third victim had shot by the police and remaining was murdered by the unknown attacker.

The move raises questions about the future of a probe that has threatened to drain political support for Duterte's war on drugs, alongside criticism of his campaign from human rights groups and the United Nations.

The government's bloody war on illegal drugs will continue no matter how many congressional inquiries will be conducted to discredit his campaign, President Duterte declared Monday night.

President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a string of tirades against the European Union on Tue, Sep 20, after the European Union condemned the wave of killings under his administration.

Angered by last week's call by the European parliament for restraint in his deadly 11-week crackdown, the former mayor of the southern city of Davao took aim for a second day at the European Union and said he did not deserve insults.

Philippines President "The Punisher" Duterte has said "f*** you" and given the finger to the EU Parliment. "It's not me", De Lima told reporters as she walked out of the senate chamber. "You're doing it in atonement for your sins, '" he said late Tuesday, referring to alleged crimes committed by Europeans in the past.

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De Lima did not attend Tuesday's congress hearing and gave a speech at the senate defending the investigation.

Matabato said he was part of a death squad to kill drug dealers on orders from Duterte when the president was mayor of the city of Davao between 1988 and 2013.

De Lima, who described the congressional hearing as a "sham" and predicted the testimony would be "lies and fabrications", will remain a committee member, but was replaced as its head by Senator Richard Gordon, an ally of the president.

Nearly 3,500 people have been killed in Philippines in the campaign against illegal drugs trade since Duterte won the May elections in a landslide victory and came to power.

Last month, a United Nations human rights investigator asked to be allowed to visit the Philippines to look into the abuses but the Duterte government swiftly rebuffed her.

The firebrand leader had only one thing to say over the European Union's call to put an end to the killing of drug addicts and dealers.