Duterte to Obama: Don’t lecture me on rights, PH not a US colony
DAVAO CITY – President Duterte said any lecture about human rights and extra-judicial killings during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Vientiane, Laos, would be a disrespect to him and the Filipino people.
“You must be respectful. You just don’t throw question and statements. Putangina, mumurahin kita sa forum na yan (Mother-whore, I’ll curse you in that forum),” Mr. Duterte said in a pre-departure press briefing when asked about how he would deal with questions about the issues.
“The Philippines is not a vasal state. We have long ceased to be a colony of the United States,” he said, apparently referring to reports about US President Barrack Obama talking to him about the human rights situation and extra-judicial killings in the country.
“I do not respond to anybody but to the people of the Republic of the Philippines. Wala akong pakialam sa kanya (I don’t care about him). Who is he?” Mr. Duterte said.
The President said America “has one too many to answer for the misdeeds of this country,” citing the 600,000 Moro people killed during the American colonizers’ pacification campaign at the turn of the century.
“Hanggang ngayon hindi pa tayo nakatikim ng apology (We have not heard any apology until now),” the President said.
“Can he explain the 600,000 Moros massacred on this island? We have a recorded history of that sordid period of this national life,” he said.
“Who is Obama to ask me that? I will tell him ‘who are you?’” he added.
“I do not, I said, I do not kneel down before anybody else, except for the Filipinos in Quiapo walking in misery and in extreme hunger and poverty,” the President said.
He then stressed that the campaign against drugs would continue “until the last pusher is out of the streets, until the last manufacturer is killed.”
“We will continue, and I will continue and I don’t give a shit about anybody observing my behavior,” the President said.
“Masyadong kayong bilib sa America, sipain ko pa yan sa harap mo e (You people are too impressed by America, I won’t hesitate to kick him in front of everybody),” he added. SFM
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