Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has come under fire anew after he reportedly cursed U.S President Barack Obama. But did he really curse the American president?
Not everyone agrees that the tough-talking president personally attacked Obama in his departure press briefing at Davao International Airport Monday. The CNN described, in an article, Duterte’s statement addressed to Obama as “obscenity-laden rant”.
No American Puppet
In an infographic created by CNN, Duterte was quoted as saying “I am no American puppet. I am the president of a sovereign country and I am not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people…son of a bitch, I will swear at you”.
Duterte’s rant came after the scheduled meeting of the two world leaders where Obama was reported to raise human rights concerns in the Philippines, especially the spate of the so-called extrajudicial killings. But this did not sit well with Duterte who went on a word rage against Obama.
“You know, the Philippines is not a vassal state. We have long ceased to be a colony of the United States. I do not respond to anybody but to the people of the Republic of the Philippines,” Duterte said in response to a Reuters reporter who asked him about how he would address other world leaders on the condition of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines as released by the Palace’s official communication office.
Bud Dajo Massacre
Duterte said he doesn’t care about Obama and his only master are the Filipino people.
“Who is he? When as a matter of a fact, at the turn of the century, before the Americans left the Philippines in the pacification campaign of the Moro in this island, there were about six million Moro. How many died? Six hundred. If he can answer that question and give the apology, I will answer him,” Duterte said referring to the gruesome Bud Dajo massacre.
Duterte also reminded Obama to be respectful and don’t just throw questions and statements. Duterte won on a platform of crime reduction and to rid his country with illegal drugs in May’s election.
“Who is he? I am a President of a sovereign state, and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master, except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody,” Duterte said.
The whole transcript of the controversial speech is found here: