The Philippines’ firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a broadside against the U.S. by indicating that the scheduled war games between his country and the United States next month would be the last.
“I serve notice to you now that this will be the last joint military exercise with U.S.,” he reportedly said in a speech.
In his address to the Filipino community in Hanoi earlier this week, Duterte reportedly said he would keep ties with the U.S. but would also be establishing new alliances with other countries like China and Russia.
“I will visit China. I will open the door for everyone. I will go to Russia. I’m serving notice now to the U.S.,” said the President, according to press reports.
“I will maintain the alliance but I will establish new alliances,” he added.
“I serve notice to you now that this will be the last joint military exercise with U.S.,” Duterte said.
He also noted that the joint maneuver operation has no teeth as there is “no capability in the weapons… and they do not share.”
He later reacted to comments by critics likening him to Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler.
“Hitler massacred three million Jews. I’d be happy to slaughter three million addicts to save my country from perdition.”
He also rebuffed the charge of extrajudicial killings within the Philippines.
He cited the killing of African-Americans by the police to make his point.
“Do not interfere in our affairs. Why are you shooting Black people? There is a proper way. Do not shoot him,” he reportedly said.
He then sought to stick it to the U.S. and the European Union: “You can call me anything, but I was never into hypocrisy like you… Do not pretend to be the moral conscience of the world. You do not have the eligibility.”
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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