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Duterte impresses people of Myanmar

21 March 2017, 12:38 | Erica Roy

Duterte impresses people of Myanmar

Duterte impresses people of Myanmar

Speaking during a visit to Myanmar, he said same-sex marriage is a Western concept.

CATHOLIC-majority Philippines can not legalise same-sex marriage, President Rodrigo Duterte said, citing restrictions under both civil and religious law.

Duterte gave his speech mostly in Filipino including some parts in English to make himself clear to Europeans.

"The thoughtful gesture of the government of the Republic of the Philippines reflects the ASEAN solidarity and family spirit as well as the traditional bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries", Suu Kyi said.

The EU also expressed "alarm" at Mr Duterte's call to lower the age for criminal responsibility to nine years.

Duterte has come under fire from human rights campaigners, diplomats, and the United Nations for launching a war on drugs that has led to thousands of deaths in the Southeast Asian country.

Since taking office a year ago, Mr Duterte has led a brutal campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in the Philippines, which has left more than 7,000 people dead. The Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have also warned Duterte may be overseeing crimes against humanity, with police allegedly running anonymous death squads.

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.

The extraordinary rant came as European Union bigwigs passed a resolution criticising the leader's tough stance on drug convicts last week.

'More people will die.

"So when we heard he was coming, we didn't know how to react because we thought he had no chance to stop by Myanmar", he said.

At a forum in January a year ago, during the run-up to the presidential election, he said he would push for legislation to allow same-sex marriage.

Duterte was also criticised for targeting the poor in his drug war.

Referencing Time magazine's recent cover story featuring a transgendered woman, Duterte said: "That is their culture". Duterte added: "You stay where God assigned you". "That's for them. That can't apply to us, because we are Catholics".

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