The explosive Philippines president has again lashed out against the U.S. and the European Union for criticizing his war on drugs.
“Mr. Obama, you can go to hell,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech Tuesday, according to GMA News.
“EU, you can choose purgatory,” he added.
It has been 65 years since the signing of the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. U.S. troops began joint U.S.-Philippines war games Tuesday.
“Our alliance remains a key source of stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” Brigadier General John Jansen, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, said of the joint exercises.
Duterte has said that the ongoing war games will be the “last.”
Duterte has been pulling away from the U.S., instead pursuing an independent foreign policy
Regular Western criticisms of Duterte’s war on drugs, which has killed over 3,000 people in just three months, have infuriated the Philippines president. The majority of the deaths have resulted from extrajudicial killings.
President Barack Obama has on several occasions lodged complaints about what the West sees as human rights violations.
“I am no American puppet. I am the president of a sovereign state, and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people,” Duterte explained in a previous speech.
“I will not kneel before America. Never!” Duterte said in his latest tirade against the U.S.
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