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In Indonesia, President Duterte Continues U.S. Attacks, Praises China

In Indonesia, President Duterte Continues U.S. Attacks, Praises China

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Sept. 9, 2016 (EIRNS)–Speaking to a Philippine audience in Jakarta, where he is visiting following the ASEAN Summit, President Duterte explained that the hysteria about his cussing Obama is a fraud, and that he told Obama so. “I never confronted Obama here,” Duterte said, as reported in the news service Rappler in the Philippines.

“It’s like this. These yellows [referring to Aquino supporters] and those from the State Department, when you see the Philippine news, they were trying to crucify me for the extrajudicial killings. They said I will be investigated by the International Court.”

He said that his response to that was “I will not answer to anybody but the Filipino people. That’s all I said.” He explained that the translation of his cussing was not “son of a whore” but “son of a gun” or “son of a bitch,” and was used in the same context as Americans say it in everyday language. “It’s common. Everybody, whether American, African who knows English would say, ‘son of a bitch,’ ‘son of a gun.’ It is not ‘son of a whore,’ that is never the translation,” he said. “The Americans can spin a story. They use the predicate or the adjective that is really worst to hear.”

Duterte said that he explained that to Obama in their brief greeting at the dinner: “I told him at the holding room, ‘President Obama I’m President Duterte. I never made that statement, you can check it out.’ Obama said ‘My men will talk to you.’ I said, ‘Okay.'”

He attacked the media for spinning the story, aimed at giving him a negative reputation among world leaders. But, he added, “They can spin everything. Me? I don’t give a shit. Because I’m not the president of the international community.”

Duterte told the group that he had put aside his prepared speech to the East Asian Summit on Thursday, and instead presented photos of the massacre of Filipinos in the early 1900s, showing hundreds of corpses of Moro men, women and children being dumped in mass graves, surrounded by American soldiers.

He said he told the summit: “This is human rights. What do you intend to do? Do not tell me that is water under the bridge. Human rights violation, whether committed by Moses or Abraham, is still a violation of human rights.”

He said there was only silence from Obama and Ban Ki-Moon.

He praised China for helping his country, including that they are building rehab centers for the hundreds of thousands of drug addicts who are turning themselves in. “Only China is helping us,” he said.

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