Philippines threatens to leave 'stupid' UN

Rodrigo Duterte (Getty)
Rodrigo Duterte (Getty)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to pull his country out of the United Nations and start a new global body.

Mr Duterte's hard line against drug traffickers - to kill them - has been condemned by the UN as a violation of human rights. About 1500 suspects have been killed since May, when Mr Duterte came to power - many of them by civilians.

Mr Duterte has encouraged not just the police, but the public, to murder suspected drug traffickers.

"Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun," he told supporters in June.

Last week UN human right experts said his policy was an "incitement to violence and killing, a crime under international law".

His response?

"If you are that rude, we might just as well leave."

He called the UN "stupid" and asked for a refund of the Philippines' contributions to its running costs.

"I don't give a sh*t about them," he added. "They are the ones interfering. You do not just go out and give a sh*tting statement against a country."

He's proposed forming a rival international body, saying he'd invite China and a number of countries from Africa.