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Duterte tells ICC prosecutor, UN rapporteur not to mess with him

STILL unfazed by criticisms hurled against his war on illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, March 7, told International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Agnes Callamard not to mess with him. In a speech delivered in Clark, Pampanga a day before the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Duterte ridiculed Bensouda and Callamard, describing them as “black” and “undernourished,” respectively.

“Go ahead, you investigate me. But I assure you — I tell them — you will never have jurisdiction over my person,” the President said before the local chief executives of Luzon.

“But if I meet them, especially the black lawyer, (Bensouda) and the slim one, Callamard, who is undernourished and not eating, don’t f*** with me, girls,” he added. Duterte’s strongly-worded remarks were issued several hours before UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he deplored Duterte’s separate orders to the police not to cooperate with any investigation into the drug war and to the military to shoot female rebels in their genitals.

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