World Bulletin / News Desk
President Rodrigo Duterte has again laid into the United States, saying that if anyone from the country dared lecture him during this week's Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit it would be disrespectful to him and his people.
"The Philippines is not a vassal state. We have long ceased to be a colony of the United States,” Duterte said during a pre-departure briefing before he traveled to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, on Monday.
“I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody,” he said in remarks published by The Associated Press. Apparently addressing Mr. Obama, he added: “You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions.” Then, using a curse in Tagalog that can be translated as “son of a bitch,” he added, “I will swear at you in that forum.”
Last month, the U.S. state department and two United Nations human rights experts urged Duterte and Filipino authorities to stop extrajudicial killings taking place in teh country in the fight against illegal drugs, while ensuring law enforcement compliance with international human rights obligations.
On Monday, a report from GMA News -- which cited Philippine National Police figures obtained Sunday -- showed that a total of 1,011 people allegedly involved in the drug trade had been killed in a Duterte-led crackdown from July 1- Sept. 4, while almost 15,000 have been arrested.
Nearly 600,000 people have also surrendered to authorities, further overwhelming the Philippines' already overcrowded jails.
"Do not respond to anybody but to the people of the Republic of the Philippines. I don’t care about him. Who is he?” Duterte said Monday, referring to U.S. President Barack Obama.
"America has one too many to answer for the misdeeds of this country,” citing the 600,000 alleged Moro he said were killed during the American colonizers’ pacification campaign at the turn of the century.
“We have not heard any apology until now,” Duterte underlined. “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."
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.
“You people are too impressed by America, I won’t hesitate to kick him [Obama] in front of everybody.
In an interview Aug. 30, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is reported to have said: "Obama is certainly not going to pull any punches on human rights during his meeting with Duterte."
"I think the President is going to speak quite directly about our shared interests with the Philippines,'' he added, according to an ABS CBN television report
"Both countries benefit from effective cooperation on a variety of issues, including maritime security. But the president is certainly not going to pull any punches in raising well-documented and relevant concerns when it comes to human rights."
The Philippines is the oldest ally of the U.S. in Asia, but Duterte has not been shy to express his misgivings about the superpower.
Duterte has repeatedly said the Philippines will determine its own destiny without depending on the US.
''I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I don’t have any master except the Filipino. Nobody,'' he said.
US President Barack Obama cancelled a meeting with foul-mouthed Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday at a regional summit after being branded a "son of a whore" who would wallow like a pig.
The pair were due to meet in the Lao capital of Vientiane at a gathering organised by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, an annual event meant to foster harmony but which often highlights regional rows.
This year's edition was launched with a spectacular fallout between the United States and the Philippines, longtime allies that have seen relations plunge under a barrage of insults from Duterte since he came to office on June 30.
Obama's aides announced that his planned meeting with Duterte on Tuesday afternoon had been called off following a fresh tirade by the Filipino leader the previous day.
Shortly before flying to Vientiane, Duterte warned he would not be lectured byObama over a war on crime in the Philippines that has claimed more than 2,400 lives in just over two months.
"You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum," Duterte told reporters when asked about his message for Obama.
Duterte, who has quickly earned a global reputation for his acid-tongue, then used typically colourful language to describe their planned meeting if rights issues came up.
"We will be wallowing in the mud like pigs if you do that to me," he said.
Duterte had previously also branded the US ambassador to Manila a "gay son of a whore", and sought to taint the reputation of Pope Francis's mother in similar fashion.
Duterte was elected to office in a landslide this year after pledging to kill 100,000 people in an unprecedented war on crime.
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