Duterte slams Iceland after UNHRC resolution: ‘Your problem is just ice’

Published July 12, 2019, 7:38 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Argyll Geducos

President Duterte has slammed Iceland for initiating the resolution urging the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to probe the human rights situation in the Philippines under the controversial drug war.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials at the Malacañan Palace on July 8, 2019. (TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Duterte made the statement after the UNHRC adopted Iceland’s resolution which was backed by 17 other countries during the UNHRC’s 41st session.

In a speech Friday evening, Duterte said that other countries can’t seem to understand that illegal drugs are flooding the country and that he has to do something about it.

“Hindi maintindihan ng mga putang inang ‘to na may problema tayo (These sons of bitches can’t seem to understand that we have a problem),” he said.

“Itong mga gagong (These fools)… they don’t understand the social, economic, political problems of the Philippines,” he added.

Duterte, in particular, hit Iceland for coming up with the resolution, saying it does not understand the plight of the Philippines since the only problem of Iceland, a country consisting of some 130 active and inactive volcanoes, is ice.

“Iceland, ano ang problema ng Iceland? Ice lang (What’s Iceland’s problem? It’s just ice). That’s your problem, you have too much ice and there is no clear day or night there. Parang alas kwatro ng hapon ang araw pati gabi (Your morning and evening look like four in the afternoon),” he said.

“So you can understand why there is no crime, there is no policemen either, and they just go about eating ice,” he added.

Malacañang on Friday called Iceland’s resolution as one-sided, narrow, and partisan, adding that it demonstrates how Western countries are “scornful” of the Philippines’ sovereign exercise of protecting its people.

According to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, the resolution was designed to embarrass the Philippines before the international community and the global audience.

He also questioned the propriety of the resolution as well as its validity, saying it is based on false information and unverified facts and figures. He said that 17 out of 47 countries was not the simple majority, claiming that it should have been 24 countries.

The Palace official then said that the 17 other countries who supported Iceland’s resolution are misled by false news peddled by “a few biased media” in and out the country.

On Thursday, Duterte said that he will be reviewing the intent of the proposed investigation and will decide whether to permit them to proceed or not. He also suggested that the UNHRC get the truth from the media instead of his critics.

In his statement, Panelo said that should the UNHRC proceed impartially, their result will only lead to the humiliation of its investigators, as well as of Iceland and the other 17 countries who supported it.

“There never have been – nor will there ever be – state-sponsored killings in this part of the world,” he said.