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Philippine president says Iceland has no crime because they just eat ice

Philippine president says Iceland has no crime because they just 'eat ice'

Rodrigo Duterte said there is no crime in Iceland and no policemen because they just go about eating ice (Picture: Getty/EPA)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took a bizarre dig at Iceland for spearheading a UN probe into his bloody war on drugs, saying they have no crime because they just go about eating ice.

The UN Human Rights Council voted 18 to 14 in favour of a resolution initiated by Iceland calling on the Filipinos to halt extrajudicial killings.

About 6,600 people, most of them accused of petty drug crimes, have been killed in the crackdown that Duterte launched as his centerpiece project when he took office in mid-2016.

What is the problem of Iceland? – Ice only. That is your problem. You have too much ice and there is no clear day and night there, Duterte said in a rambling speech to corrections department officials.

So you can understand why there is no crime, no policeman either, and they just go about eating ice. They dont understand the social, economic, political problems of the Philippines.

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The bizarre rant came after Iceland tabled a UN resolution calling on the Philippines to halt extrajudicial killings (Picture: EPA)

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte attends the plenary session of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok on June 22, 2019. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images

The UN Human Rights Council voted 18 to 14 in favour (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Non-government groups claim the death toll is much higher, including many suspects killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen who human rights groups suspect were deployed by police.

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Duterte and the police have denied authorizing extrajudicial killings.

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However, he has repeatedly threatened drug suspects with death in televised speeches and encouraged law enforcers to shoot suspects who fight back.

He has also warned the crackdown will be more dangerous for suspects in the final three years of his six-year term.

The resolution called for Philippine government cooperation, including by facilitating country visits and preventing and refraining from all acts of intimidation or retaliation.

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