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WATCH | Duterte assails 'crazy' EU lawmakers: Don't impose your culture, belief on PH

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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte assailed the European Parliament days after it called for the immediate release of Sen. Leila de Lima, rejected the Philippines’ move to reinstate the anti-death penalty law, and called for an end to the country’s extra-judicial killings related to the war on drugs campaign.

"Do not impose your culture or your belief in what would be a government in this planet. Do not impose on other countries, especially us,” Duterte said Sunday night at the speech to a gathering of the Filipino community in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw.

To highlight his portrayal of a clash of cultures, Duterte referred to a recent Time magazine cover article on gender and sexuality to highlight what he insisted was blanket Filipino opposition to same-sex marriage.

“That’s their culture. It does not apply to us. We are Catholics and there is the civil code which says that you can only marry a woman for me (and) for a woman to marry a man,” he said.

“You stay where God assigned you. Do not mix us all up.”

The chief executive questioned why Europe is now setting its sights on Asean countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia as if there’s no death penalty in some European countries.

Ito, ito noon paborito nila itong mga Asean countries because may… there's a death penalty in Indonesia, Malaysia and I'm trying to revive it and I'm trying… as if the other countries of EU walang death penalty. Marami pa rin,” he said.

Duterte also described EU lawmakers as “crazies.”

“I don’t get these crazies. Why are you trying to impose on us? Why don’t you mind your own business,” he said.

Duterte warned that many more people would be killed in his drugs crackdown.

“More people will die. I said I will not stop. I will continue until the last drug lord in the Philippines is killed and the pushers (are) out of the streets,” he said.

Reacting to criticism that the operation targeted the poor, Duterte said he must “destroy” small-time street peddlers as well as the big-time drug lords.