Duterte to Obama: PH not US lapdog

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he won’t bow to US President Barack Obama on accusations of extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses in connection with the government’s anti-drug campaign.

In a news conference in Davao City before leaving for Laos for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summits, Duterte said he had nothing to explain to Obama, as the Philippines is not beholden to the US.

“The Philippines is not vassal state. We have long ceased to be a colony of the United States … I 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 told reporters.

The President again brought up history, saying the Americans slaughtered Moro people during their occupation in the early 1900s.


“As a matter of fact, before the Americans left the Philippines in the pacification campaign of the Moro in this island (Mindanao), there were about six million [Moros]. How many died?” he said.

Duterte then demanded an apology from the US for the sins of the past: “If he can answer that question and give the apology, I will answer him.”

The Philippines, a former US colony, is the oldest ally of the US in Asia, but Duterte has not been shy in expressing his mistrust and misgivings on the superpower.

“I do not want to pick a quarrel with Obama, but certainly I would not appear to be beholden to anybody. I only am answerable again to the Filipino people who elected me as President. Period,” Duterte said.

A still unidentified newspaper columnist also earned the ire of the President for imposing on him on foreign policy.

“You write columns as if you are the lapdogs of this American. Who is he to confront me?” he said.

Cayetano writes Obama
Also on Monday, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who ran for vice president under Duterte but lost, said he had written an open letter to Obama, appealing for the US leader to help the Philippine government pursue an independent foreign policy.

Cayetano, who also heads the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, explained that an independent foreign policy was necessary to balance the Philippines’ relations with the US and China.

In the letter, he said President Duterte had been “misjudged” by some sectors based on the way he speaks, aggravated by a supposed misinformation campaign on the human rights situation in the country.

“Does he (Duterte) not deserve to be judged on his record and his actions? On facts and not manipulated statistics? On where he wants to bring the country rather than his sometimes politically incorrect words?” he said in his letter.

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16 Comments

  1. Beverly Valesco on

    Oh good. Glad to hear this. The US needs to shift away from “relying” on such an unreliable “partner”. The US needs to strengthen its ties with Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam instead. Duterte and the Filipino people have made it very clear that assistance in any form from the United States is neither sought nor welcome. I think, as a FilAmerican, the US should honor that sentiment and cut all ties, diplomatic as well, with the Philippines. Oh, btw, do enjoy your Chinese occupation. Hopefully they will treat Filipinos better than the Japanese did, but hey! no guarantees! See ya!

  2. Duterte is President of one of the most corrupt countries in the world, a mess he didn’t make but is trying to solve. After 6 years of Aquino’s administration of corruption the country is in bad shape with no simple solution to it’s many problems.

  3. It is about time that a Philippines President stand up to the US. Anti Duterte people must understand that the Mutual defense treaty between the US and RP benefits not just the Philippines. And for those people who say that the US is a big help to the Philippines, please do your research again. Japan, a former enemy provides more aid to the Philippines than the so called old friend Uncle Sam. Duterte is pursuing a domestic policy–war on drugs that doesn’t affect any other countries except his own and its citizens. No other country or countries should assume that they can lecture a leader of a free and sovereign state.

  4. Carlos Romanov on

    President Duterte is right in strategy but wrong on tactics. However, like our own Trump, Mr. Duterte seems intent on grabbing the headlines.

  5. Your president called him a “son of a whore”…classy! I can’t wait until he’s humbled when China comes knocking on your doorstep.

  6. Ronaldo Suiten on

    Enjoy the future of becoming a new Chinese colony. When the Philippines asked the u.s. to leave they left. Are the island bases being built for Chinese tourists? Given the Philippines massive navy and air force they will have no problem defeating China by themselves.

  7. Def.Misanthrope on

    It’s one thing to assert your country’s sovereignty from the USA. It’s quite another to do it rudely and at a time when your country is entirely dependent on the USA for defense against a belligerent China.

  8. Everybody is reporting how he bad mouthed the US rose dent. Why not how he cursed the reporter who asked the EJK. Truly deserving for that Rappler reporter and any biased media men for that matter. Buti nga sa inyo. Strategic ang GINAGAWA at sinasabi ni Duterte. Read between the lines. He cares for the Republic. The independent republic

  9. The first Philippine president to ever stand independently from America. Definitely not a US puppet, mala GEN.Luna and dating! CIA must be busy planning their next move against DU30.

    • Beverly Valesco on

      please. Duterte is a small tinhat dictator whose principle contribution will be to degrade whatever diplomatic standing the Philippines may have gained. The CIA has more important things to do than worry about such a nonentity in the scheme of the world.

    • The Philippines is very vital to Murican interests in Asia! They ain’t gonna let it go without a fight!

  10. The stupid media journalists should be blame for asking a provoking question to President Rody Duterte Rody Duterte so the media could create a sensationalized news story. It was the media who should be liable for what has seems to be the root of the outburst w/ Obama,. it is sad that media journalists are acting like enemy of our own president .Duterte was just provoked,. he’s been a natural guy like that since he was a mayor. He answer questions based on his his feelings, knowledge and understanding with any issues . This is why media journalists get killed for sensationalized news story.

  11. tell obama to butt out but not totally because we might need him later, typhoon season,china etc

    • As a US citizen I must say calling our president “the son of a whole” is the stupidest thing I have heard a head of state ever do. So when China comes and takes your islands, typhoons wreck your county and a mad man rules without a consideration for democracy I say don’t help that foul mouth and his ailing country. Also I will tell all my friends not to visit the Philippines, ever.

  12. Obama to Duterte: “Grow up! And, start acting like a civilized leader of a large country instead of being a loud-mouth brat,”

  13. crispen ocampo on

    Duterte statement will bring the philippines unfriendly to US. Malakin ang naitulong ng US sa pinas. Pano pag e pull out ng US ang BPO kaya ba nyang bigyan ng trabaho ang pinoy… puro patayan lang ang nangyayari sa pilipinas mula nang naupo si Digong