© AFP | Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the closing ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Vientiane on September 8, 2016
But acid-tongued Duterte on Friday said the Philippine expression “putangina” should not be taken at face value, and it was “an ordinary expression (used) by everyone”.
“It’s son of a bitch or son of a gun. It’s not son of a whore,” he told an audience of Filipinos during a visit to the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
He insisted his remarks were not directed at Obama but at the US State Department, which has raised concerns over potential human rights violations in Duterte’s anti-crime campaign which has left almost 3,000 dead in just over two months.
“I got really angry about these threats over this human rights issue. This is the fault of the crazy people in the State Department,” he said.
Duterte said he had clarified his comments to Obama when they met.
The Philippine leader has become famous for his profane outbursts, and has branded Pope Francis and the US ambassador to Manila “sons of whores”.
The United Nations has also spoken out against his crime crackdown and on Friday Duterte added UN chief Ban, who spoke at the Asian summit, to the list of those he has insulted.
“I told myself, you’re just one more fool,” Duterte said of Ban.
“I will continue the campaign against the criminals. I do not have any pity for them,” he added.
“I don’t give a shit. I am the president of the Philippines, not the republic of the international community.”
Duterte was elected to office in a landslide this year after pledging to kill 100,000 people in an unprecedented war on crime. But his brutal crackdown has sparked a wave of international condemnation.
Peace and Freedom Commentary
We at Peace and Freedom have had thousands of wonderful Filipino friends. We have been in the Philippines in good times and in bad times. We lived under Marcos’ martial law — and saw the deep ash on Clark air base after the volcano. And we have even been privileged to assist the people of the Philippines after some of nature’s devastating disasters. President Duterte can say and do what he wants, obviously. He cannot destroy the love we share for and with the Filipino people. But he may encounter unanticipated consequences if he continues on the path path he’s on now…
A U.S. Navy helicopter delivers food, clean water and aid in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Credit Noel Celis, Getty Images
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