Duterte: If I don’t respect you, expect gallons of curses

Pia Ranada
After again blasting the US and UN, President Rodrigo Duterte praises China for helping to build a drug rehab center: 'This is how you treat your friends.'

DUTERTE AND CRITICISM. President Rodrigo Duterte warns of more curses to come at critics he doesn't respect. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte warned critics that if he loses respect for them, they can expect “gallons” of curses from him.

“If I don’t respect you anymore, be prepared for the worst. I can give you gallons and gallons of epithets, curses,” said Duterte on Wednesday, October 12, during the 115th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard.

Duterte had again been ranting about criticism from the United States and United Nations on his controversial anti-drug campaign.

He blasted critics for “acting too stupid” and bringing their criticism to the international arena.

In comparison, Duterte praised the Chinese for helping him solve the country’s drug problem instead of criticizing him like the US and UN.

“If you are a friend, if you are an ally, if you are enjoined by Western alliance, you should do this – it’s a dormitory and, no announcement, it would house 1,600 [addicts],” said the President.

He was referring to a drug rehabilitation facility supposedly funded by China and nearing completion in a military camp in Nueva Ecija.

That day, the Department of Health said a 10,000-capacity rehab facility in Fort Magsaysay will be operational by November. It was donated by a Chinese businessman and philanthropist.

“This is how you treat your friends. You don’t go about reprimanding,” said Duterte, holding up a newspaper with an article about the rehabilitation center.

In his recent public speeches, Duterte has unleashed rant after rant about the US, UN, and European Union, calling them hypocrites when they have their own human rights issues to confront. (READ: Duterte to EU, US: Withdraw aid, we will survive)

His tirades have been accompanied by praises for China and Russia, and their leaders. (READ: Duterte to visit China from October 18 to 21– Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.