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Philippine President threatens to leave UN

Manila: President Rodrigo Duterte, 71, said the country could leave the UN after he criticised the organisation when it called for an end for the killings of drug traffickers. The chief diplomat of the Philippines has claimed the country will not leave the United Nations – despite their president threatening to pull out.

Two UN human rights experts last week urged Manila to stop the extra-judicial executions and killings that have escalated since Duterte won the presidency on a promise to wipe out drugs. Duterte denied that the government was responsible and in a middle-of-the-night news conference in his home town, Davao, said the deaths were not the work of the police and invited UN experts to investigate themselves.

Criticising the U.N. for not doing enough to address hunger and terrorism and for not being able to do anything about Syria and Iraq and allowing big powers to bomb villages and kill innocent civilians, he said he would invite China and African nations to form another global organisation.