With friends like this…Philippine edition

Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte apparently isn’t too fond of our diplomatic staff. A recent Guardian article notes that Duterte “first came into conflict with US envoy Goldberg on the campaign trail, after he said he wanted to rape a ‘beautiful’ Australian missionary who was sexually assaulted and murdered in a 1989 prison riot in Davao, the city he ran for two decades.”  Wow! Not surprisingly Goldberg and the Australian ambassador were vocal in their criticism of Duterte’s comment.

And now, Duterte has started a fresh row with the US envoy, stating “As you know, I’m fighting with (US Secretary of State John Kerry’s) ambassador. His gay ambassador, the son of a whore. He pissed me off.”

Holy cow, and this is one of our allies!  Washington is apparently asking for clarification of the comment!  Really?  Do they really want that spelled out?

US:  So President  Duterte, when you said a “gay son of a whore” what did you mean exactly?

PD:  Well, let me go into some detail so you can better understand my intention…

 

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