First, he is alleged to have called President Obama an SOB. Now he appears to be cursing all of America. As reported on Politico.com:
While calling Americans “sons of bitches” and “hypocrites,” Duterte praised China as having “the kindest soul of all” for offering what he said was significant financial assistance. “So, what do I need America for?” he asked. He also said Russia can be a very important ally. “They do not insult people, they do not interfere,” he said.
According to recent reports, the U.S. government aid agency, the Millennium Challenge Corporation; is reviewing whether to renew several hundred million dollars in poverty aid to the Philippines following Mr Duterte’s alleged claim that he has killed drug dealers/drug users when he was mayor in a Philippine province – prior to being elected President.
If true, these murders would be extra-judicial and would violate perhaps Philippine law as well as international human rights laws and treaties to which the Philippines could be members. This and other claims and outbursts have reportedly given agency officials pause and they are taking a wait and see attitude about giving more money to Duterte’s regime. Monsieur Duterte has promised to strike back at America by annulling or abrogating their Visiting Forces Agreement, a pact between the US and the Philippines to have joint combat exercises between the two militaries.
Duterte continued to express disdain for sitting president Barack Obama. For example, according to a recent article on Politico.com:
Duterte, who has had a difficult relationship with President Barack Obama, said he would change his mindset if President-elect Donald Trump appeals to him. “I have talked to Trump, he was very nice, very courteous,” he said. “I could not sense any hostile drift, or even the manner he was saying it, so, in deference, I’ll just wait.”
“I will let Obama fade away and if he disappears, then I will begin to reassess.”
But if there is any silver lining about the future US/Philippines relationship, he still seems to respect the idea of Donald Trump as president and has praised the businessman expressing appreciation for their similarities and brash style:
Duterte said, adding that he and Trump acknowledged each other’s similarly brash manners.
“We talk in the same language,” Duterte said. He recalled that when he told Trump in a recent phone call that “I like your mouth, it’s like mine,” he said Trump responded by saying, “Yes, Mr. President, we’re similar.”
“And you know, people with the same feather flock together,” Duterte said.
He certainly is controversial but the good thing about all of this is that Monsieur Duterte has put the Philippines on the map and has drawn attention to himself and his country. He gets an inordinate amount of press now and enjoys international scrutiny because of this very controversial nature.
And so far, while Duterte has promised to turn his energies and loyalties towards China, which he claims has showered the Philippines with economic incentives, he has not reneged on his agreement to come to the United States in 2017 at the invitation of President elect Trump, who, reportedly has invited Mr Duterte to the White House for tea.