Quotes of acid-tongued Philippine President Duterte


MANILA: Rodrigo Duterte, who was sworn in as Philippine President on Thursday, is known for an acid tongue.

On the campaign trail he made international headlines with inflammatory statements such as calling Pope Francis a “son of a whore” and joking about wanting to rape an Australian missionary woman who was killed in a Davao prison riot.

After winning last month’s elections in a landslide, the former mayor of the southern city of Davao has continued to make provocative, foul-mouthed statements.

Here are some of his post-election quotes:

Some journalists deserve to die

“Just because you are a journalist, you are not exempted from assassination if you are a son of a bitch.”

(Explaining that many of the journalists killed in the Philippines — one of the most dangerous nations in the world for media workers — are corrupt.)

Attack on the United Nations

“That’s the trouble here, they’re always raising fears about this or that United Nations convention. I say, fuck you UN, you can’t even solve the Middle East carnage… couldn’t even lift a finger in Africa (with the) butchering (of) the black people. Shut up all of you.”

(A seemingly unprovoked attack on the United Nations, perhaps due to a UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings highlighting concerns in 2008 about vigilante killings in Davao.)

Slams Catholic Church

“You sons of whores, aren’t you ashamed? You ask so many favors, even from me.”

(Part of a series of tirades against leaders of the Catholic Church, which counts 80 percent of Filipinos as followers.)

Pardons for killer cops

“It’s a very simple sentence in the constitution, which says the president has the power to pardon a criminal offender. If I tell someone, kill them (criminals) and they say ‘but sir, I will be charged,’ I just (answer)… get a carbon copy of the (pardon) paper and I will sign it. If the lawyer objects, even the lawyer, you kill him.”

(Duterte has said thousands of criminals will die in his war on crime. Here he is offering an assurance to police concerned his shoot-to-kill orders may be illegal.)

Inciting public to join killing spree

“If they are there in your neighborhood, feel free to call us, the police or do it yourself if you have the gun. You have my support. If he fights and fights to the death, you can kill him. I will give you a medal.”

(Duterte calling on ordinary Filipinos to also kill suspected criminals)

Military snipers to kill criminals

“I need the military to pitch (in the anti-drug campaign). I need military officers who are sharp-shooters and snipers. It’s true. If you (criminals) fight, I will have a sniper shoot you.”

(Duterte telling reporters he will use military snipers to kill criminals. He later said he would employ machine-gunners as well.)

How’s your wife’s vagina?

“How is the condition of your wife’s vagina? Does she have vaginitis? Does it stink? Is it smelly or not smelly? Give me the report.”

(Duterte directs offensive and humiliating questions at a journalist in angry retaliation for the reporter questioning him about his health.)

Cut off penises

“Three kids are enough. You social workers must be proactive. Tell them: ‘Mayor said if you will have a fifth child, he will cut off your penis’.”

(Joking about how he would enforce his planned family planning program.) AFP



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  1. Dr Jose Rizal on

    The Pilipinos must be very proud of their vulgar, obscene, foul talking President of the Republic of the Philippines! How embarrassing and pathetic to be a Pilipino citizen, when other people in civilized countries can see what kind of leader, the Pilipinos have. The poor people elected a common Pilipino street thug who has a thuggish personality, no wonder he is so popular than Pacquiao.

  2. One US presidents I can think of who is much like Du30, is Harry S. Truman, the press chided him for his rough ways, particularly for frequently using the word manure in his speeches.

    According to one report a White house guest once asked the First Lady: “Mrs. Truman, isn’t there anything you can do to get the President to stop using the word ‘manure’?” And Bess, the First Lady is supposed to have replied, “It took me forty years to get him to use that word!”