Even in Tokyo, Duterte can’t contain anger at US
TOKYO – President Duterte was all praises for Japan for all the assistance it provides the Philippines, but could not contain his anger and once more lashed out at the United States and the European Union for criticism of his anti-drug war.
In a profanity-laced speech before 1,200 members of the Filipino community in Japan, Mr. Duterte called the US a bully and said he was not fazed even if critics would file cases against him.
Mr. Duterte is immune from suit as President, but could be charged once he’s out of office.
The President said their threats to cut aid to the Philippines was a “demeaning” statement, making it appear as if he were a dog being taunted with a threat.
“You have the evidence, go ahead and file the case. I have no problem with it. I can rot in prison for my country. I am not a Filipino for nothing,” he said.
Even if the Philippines is poor, it must be respected, he said.
“Do not fuck with our dignity,” he said.
He could accept such treatment and criticism as mayor, but not as President when he already carries the burden of sovereignty, he said.
On comments that he’s acting like a hoodlum, not a statesman, he said this was right.
“You’re a fool. You only found out now?” he added.
In contrast, Mr. Duterte had nothing but good words to say about Japan, where he said he was “more comfortable.”
He also said Japan has been a big source of financing for the Philippines, and added that it has programmed $6 billion in development assistance for the country.
He thanked the Japanese for helping the Filipinos living here as well.
“First of all, I’d like to extend my gratitude to the Japanese people and government for hosting so many Filipinos and providing them work, gainfully employed in the country of Japan,” he said.
Mr. Duterte arrived in Tokyo Tuesday afternoon for a three-day official visit.
He is expected to discuss economic and defense cooperation with Japan.
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