This is not the first time when the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has used coarse language for an international personality like the US President Barack Obama. In the past also, there have been several instances when Duterto showed off his foul mouth, much like the now US presidential candidate Donald Trump who has taken political campaign tone in the US to a new low. No wonder why Duterte is fast earning a reputation as the Filipino Donald Trump.
On Monday, Duterto had warned Obama of not lecturing him on the extrajudicial killings as a part of his crackdown on drug dealers in the country. Duterto said that Obama must be respectful and don’t just throw questions. Using the Tagalog phrase for “son of a bitch,” he said, “Putang ina I will swear at you in that forum”, AP reported him saying in a televised news conference in southern Davao City.
Keeping his election campaign promise of taking action against drug dealers, Duterto has launched a kind of war against them in the country. As per reports, as many as 1800 people have been killed in the Philippines in the seven weeks of Duterto’s rule as part of his crackdown on drug dealers. However, he has been under intense global scrutiny over the killings.
Last month, Duterte had attacked the US ambassador to his country, Philip Goldberg, calling him “gay son of a bitch”. While recounting the visit of John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, Duterte was quoted as saying in Tagalog by CNN.com, “I was with (incoming defence chief General) Delfin Lorenzana. We talked to Kerry, he was actually OK because I had a fight with his ambassador. I told him: ‘your ambassador is a gay son of a bitch.'”
During his presidential campaign in April this year, Duterte had even mocked a rape victim. Recounting a prison riot in 1989 in Davao, where he was a mayor at the time, Duterte shared with the crowd how he reacted after seeing the body of an Australian missionary who was raped and murdered. “She looks like a beautiful American actress,” the NYT quoted him as saying. “What a waste. They lined up and raped her. I was angry because she was raped. That’s one thing. But she was so beautiful. The mayor should have been first,” he further said as the crowd erupted in laughter.
Even Pope Francis couldn’t escape his disdain for polite language in December last year. Duterte cursed the Pope over traffic jams caused by his visit to Malina. “We were affected by the traffic. It took us five hours. I asked why, they said it was closed. I asked who is coming. They answered, the pope. I wanted to call him, “Pope, (cuss words), go home. Do not visit us again”, he was quoted as saying by the CNN.com.