Duterte to US: Stop treating my country like a “doormat”
President Rodrigo Duterte said to US that it would lose the Philippines if it would not stop treating it like a “doormat”.
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“We suffered during the last Second World War because you were here. Had you not been here, we would not have experience so much destruction in the country. The Battle of Manila – 200,000 Filipinos died because you were here,” Duterte said
“Do not forget; do not say it was 45 years ago, 60 years ago. In the relation between race and tribes, the past is a valid as the present. Assess yourselves because if you don’t, you will lose the Philippines,” he added.
Duterte then dared the US to remove him from the presidency, saying he would face such fate if it is his destiny.
“You want to oust me? You want to use the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency)? Go ahead. I said I put at stake my honor, my life, and the presidency. What happens to me is really a part of my destiny. If I am ousted, then that is part of my presidency,” he said.
“But as long as I am there, do not treat as like a doormat because you will be sorry for it. I will not stick with you. I have met Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during ASEAN Summit,” he added.
“For the foreign policy now, I am opening up the Philippines. I do not want to antagonize you. But I said, try to give us a little of respect. You do not go around reprimanding a head of state,” Duterte said.
Source: gma news