President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday stepped up his attacks against the United States and the European Union (EU), telling them to go to hell and purgatory for criticizing his administration’s war on drugs.
“Mr. Obama, you can go to hell,” Duterte said in a speech during the Third Sulong Pilipinas Convention at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City, referring to American President Barack Obama.
“[The] EU, better choose purgatory because it is already crowded in hell. Why should I be afraid of you?” he added.
The President said he will not apologize to the US for his behavior.
“The way that I behave, for the life of me, mas mabuti magluhod ako sa King of Brunei or Thailand, wag mo ako paluhurin sa America (I’d rather kneel before the King of Brunei or Thailand, not America),” Duterte said.
The President reiterated that all he wanted for the Philippines is long-lasting peace.
“I am a no wartime president. I was elected in an environment where democracy was being laid out. I am the president who would seek peace for my land,” he said.
“I don’t have the ambition to continue [war]because it could not only sap the human Filipino spirit but everybody. Everything and hatred would continue and continue and continue,” he added.
Duterte said the Philippines will remain a democratic country where Filipinos will enjoy their liberty.
“[The Philippines] is no fascist state where you can accost any person. That’s not the way of democracy,” he said.