Philippines leader Duterte attacks EU 'crazies' over drugs war criticism

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has delivered an expletive filled rebuke to European politicians after they condemned his deadly drugs war.

In a late-night speech in Myanmar on Sunday, he said: "I don't get these crazies.

"Why are you trying to impose on us? Why don't you mind your own business?

"Why do you have to f*** with us, God damn it."

Since taking office last year, Mr Duterte has led a brutal campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in the Philippines, which has left more than 7,000 people dead.

Philippines police say around 2,500 people have been killed in operations where officers were engaged in shootouts, and attribute the remaining deaths to vigilante gangs.

However, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say police are carrying out extrajudicial killings and have warned that Mr Duterte may be overseeing crimes against humanity.

The president says he has not asked police to break the law, but he has also called for millions of addicts to be killed and promised to pardon officers found guilty of murder.

Last week, the European Parliament issued a resolution condemning the "high number of extrajudicial killings" that had taken place since he came to power.

­They also called for the UN Human Rights Council to launch an investigation into Mr Duterte's drug war and expressed "deep alarm" at his plans to reintroduce the death penalty.

But in his speech, the president said he would continue with his campaign, and warned that many more people would be killed in the ongoing operation.

"More people will die. I said I will not stop," he said.

"I will continue until the last drug lord in the Philippines is killed and the pushers (are) out of the streets."

More than 40,000 drug-related arrests took place between July and December last year, leaving prisons in the Philippines at breaking point.