Duterte slams Iceland for allowing abortion

August 28, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has again criticized Iceland, this time over the Nordic country’s abortion policy.

Duterte, irritated by Iceland’s attempt to initiate an international effort to have the Philippines investigated for the alleged extrajudicial killings in its war on drugs, accused the European nation of allowing “the slaughter of the fetus inside the womb of the mother (for) up to six months.”

“Do you know that in Iceland they allow abortion up to six months? You have one more month and you have the principle of intrauterine life that if you give birth at six months the baby will survive,” Duterte said in a speech at the 31st anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in Quezon City.

Duterte added that he is against abortion, which became legal in Iceland in 1975.

“Itong mga Iceland, palibhasa ice ang kain wala namang tubig ‘yan eh. I am sorry for you. That’s why you’re condemned there in the ice forever. I hope you will freeze in time,” said Duterte.

Duterte urged Iceland to “worry more” about the drug lords and people into peddling illegal drugs who are “killing our citizens, and creating a social dysfunction.”

“And there are about a million and six of them who are slaves to a drug called shabu which they need everyday just to have the fix. And sometimes killing people to get the money to pay for it, “ Duterte said.

Duterte previously mocked Iceland, claiming the country had no experience with the peace and order problem and that its people “go about eating ice.”

Last month, Iceland initiated the resolution passed by the United Nations Human Rights Council which agreed to set up a preliminary investigation into the human rights situation in the Philippines including the drug war.

The resolution was adopted by a vote of 18 countries in favor, 14 against (including China), with 15 abstentions (including Japan) at the 47-member forum in Geneva.

Malacañang questioned the propriety and validity of the resolution which was not unanimously adopted. The Palace also found the resolution an affront to the country’s sovereignty and said it was designed to embarrass the Philippines before the international community.

Duterte said last month that he was contemplating cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland even as he admitted that this could affect the 2,000 Filipinos working there.

The Palace said cutting diplomatic relations with Iceland would not result in the deportation of Filipino workers and would not have an impact on trade relations.