Duterte on leaving U.N.: 'Can’t you take a joke?'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday that he was only kidding when he had threatened to take the country out of the United Nations (U.N.) in a media briefing on Sunday.

Read: Duterte threatens to pull PH out of United Nations

"Di ka marunong magbiro ba? [Can’t you take a joke?],” he said in an ambush interview in Malacañang.

His statement comes after Foreign Affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay said Monday that the Philippines will not be leaving the U.N.

Read: PH won't part with the United Nations

Duterte’s sense of humor has put him in hot water before.

When he was a presidential candidate, he joked at a campaign rally about raping a “beautiful” Australian missionary, who was taken hostage in a Davao City jail in 1989 when he was still the city’s mayor. She had been raped and brutally killed by the prisoners.

Read: Presidential rivals take swipe at Duterte for rape statement

Duterte refused to apologize for his remarks.

U.N. ‘useless, inutile body’

Meanwhile, Duterte repeated his criticism of the U.N., saying that its rapporteurs should “behave.” The president stressed his position that U.N. experts should not have directly attacked him without following proper protocol.

Duterte also hit U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for failing to stop killings in other parts of the world and called for him to resign for his inaction on global conflicts.

"Eh di si Ban Ki magsulat sa akin para sabihin 'wala ka naman ginawa,'" he said. "Hindi mo mahinto yang sa Turkey. Hindi mo mahinto yang sa Syria. It's one useless, inutile body.”

[Translation: Ban Ki-moon should write to me to say that I have done nothing. He has not been able to stop the violence in Turkey. He has not been able to stop the violence in Syria.]

Duterte also said the U.N. should also investigate the killing of blacks by the police in the U.S. after the American State Department had expressed concerns over the killings in the Philippines.

Read: U.S. concerned about reports of extrajudicial killings in PH

“The Philippine government is worried about what's being done to the black people there in America,” Duterte said. “Being shot even while lying down. There's a hatred there being sowed by gobyerno nila [their government], so I also want that rapporteur to come here and tell me what have you done to the poor, black people being shot defenseless?”