Duterte says he may cut US, Australia ties


MANILA: Trash-talking Philippine presidential favorite Rodrigo Duterte has warned he is prepared to cut diplomatic ties with the United States and Australia after their ambassadors criticized his joke about the jailhouse rape of a missionary.

Duterte also told the ambassadors to “shut their mouths,” as controversy continued to rage over his comments in which he said he wanted to have been the first to rape the Australian woman who was brutalized and murdered in a 1989 prison riot.

“If I become president, go ahead and sever it (diplomatic ties),” Duterte, 71, said on the campaign trail on Wednesday night, referring to the relationships with the United States and Australia, two of the Philippines’ closest allies.

Duterte, who while campaigning has called the pope a “son of a bitch” and promised to kill thousands of criminals, recounted at a recent rally the riot events as part of his tough-on-crime pitch to voters.

“They raped all of the women… there was this Australian lay minister… when they took them out… I saw her face and I thought, ‘Son of a bitch. What a pity… they raped her, they all lined up,” he told the crowd. “I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first.”

Duterte was at the time mayor of Davao, a major city in the southern Philippines where he is accused of running vigilante death squads that have allegedly killed more than 1,000 people.

The front runner has at times on the campaign boasted about running the death squads, claiming they killed 1,700 people, but also denied any links to them.

Duterte has similarly offered varying responses to the rape comments, with his media team releasing a statement in which he apologized. But on the campaign trail, he has repeatedly told reporters he would not apologize.

Australian ambassador Amanda Gorely criticized his remarks saying in a statement on Twitter: “Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialized. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere.”

US ambassador Philip Goldberg later agreed with her, saying in a television interview that “statements by anyone, anywhere that either degrade women or trivialize issues so serious as rape or murder are not ones that we condone.”

“It would do well with the American ambassador and the Australian ambassador to shut their mouths,” Duterte said in reaction.

The US embassy did not have an immediate response to Duterte’s remarks while the Australian embassy could not be contacted for comment. AFP



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  1. The mayor’s recent pronouncements are proof of his narcissistic personality, full of self conceit, unable to feel sorry for wrongdoings. Eh alam na natin na ganun siya bakit pinipilit pa rin natiin paniwalaan na fit siya maging presidente? Naku baka giyerahin
    tayo ng ibang bansa sa kakadada niya! Kasalanan na nating mga mamayan kung
    piliin pa natin siya maging presidente. Kauntng pensar naman. Kaya ba nating isugal
    ang kinabukasan ng ating mga pamilya para lang sa ating blind na paniwala sa kanya?
    Mas maganda kung ngayon pa lang, mag hanap na tayo ng patatakbuhin na presidente sa sunod na election. Yung marangal, mapagtiwalaan at mahusay na magpapatakbo ng bansa natin. Siempre galing sa kabisayaan. Dun tutulong na akong mangampanya.

  2. Walang kuwentang Tao SI Duterte,bakit ninyo iboboto ang Isang walang kuwentang Tao. S’ya ay egotist at narcissistic na Tao. A drunk and womanizer too. Plataporma nya patayin lahat Ng kriminal Sa Pilipinas pero Hindi nya alam kung paano sugpuin ang problema na nag-likha Ng nga kriminal. Sabi Ng karamihan na dapat iboto ang lesser evil, pero di Duterte ang pinaka-evil na Tao pag sya nanalo na presidente. Dahil Hindi Lang kriminal papatayin nya kundi pati nga kalaban nya Sa loob at labas man Ng pulitika. Gagawin nya military na death squad nya. Masahol pa Kay Marcos ang taong Ito. Saka, MAs kampi sya Sa China kaysa Sa US. Mag-isip kayo bago nyo iboto ang taong Ito.

  3. Dudirty should undergo examination of his mental health its very scary if he will be elected president our country will be totally isolated.As per the very reason of his marriage annulment that he is narcissistic we should think twice if he is really qualified to be president.

  4. Satinginkolang on

    I have not seen nor read anything about the whole issue, but if this remark, “If I become president, go ahead and sever it (diplomatic ties),” is something to go by, I think, it is not him would pro-actively do so. The ties would only be cut when the countries involved would choose to do so.

  5. I think the Pilipino voters have created an out of control monster. His threat to severe diplomatic ties with the USA and Australia reflects he is totally dumb when it comes to foreign policy. The Philippines will go to hell if he gets elected to the highest position in our country. God forbid.

  6. He wanted to severe ties with the US and Australia and have ties with whom? China?. That’s what goes in his mind. He is egoistic and hate anyone who come across as critic to him.

    • What’s new? The person is certified narcissistic. He should be left alone because the more he gets attention the more he becomes agitated or think he is important.

  7. With this recent hot air, I guess he will be losing all the votes of all those depending on their relatives in the US and Australia for their life support. If there is no diplomatic relationship with the US, even your mother in the US can not just remit any ten dollars to a next of kin in Manila.