Duterte to Obama: ‘Get dictionary to know meaning of dignity’

Camille Elemia
Duterte to Obama: ‘Get dictionary to know meaning of dignity’
'Sabi ko, putang ina kayo. Leche ninyo. Putang ina talaga kayo because you violated our dignity as a Filipino people'

MANILA, Philippines – There’s no stopping just yet for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, as he again slammed outgoing United States President Barack Obama for interfering in his administration’s war on drugs.

Duterte said that he was defending the country’s “dignity” when he announced his split from the US, the Philippines’ longest ally.

“Mr Obama, what went wrong? Get your dictionary. Find out the right meaning of dignity,” he said at an event hosted by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on Friday, November 4.

The President hit the US anew for threatening to cut foreign aid due to the reported spate of extrajudicial killings under his administration. He reiterated the country would survive even without financial help from the United States.

Duterte said the US threat seems to depict that he and the Filipino people are like a dog on a leash, with the master – the US – throwing crumbs or treats from a distance.

“Sabi ko, putang ina kayo. Leche ninyo. Putang ina talaga kayo because you violated our dignity as a Filipino people,” Duterte said, with lawyers in the audience applauding.

(I said son of a bitch. You are sons of bitches because you violated our dignity as a Filipino people.)

Huwag ninyo kaming ilagay na parang aso na matatakot ako na mawalan ng aid (Don’t put us as if we are dogs afraid of losing your aid), he added.

Duterte has been slamming Obama and the US for their criticisms on the supposed human rights violations under the present Philippine government. He has since praised China and Russia and expressed intention to ally with the 2 nations.

Last September, Duterte drew international attention when he supposedly cursed Obama over the issue. (READ: Who is Obama to ask me about human rights?)

Obama, in response, cancelled the meeting with Duterte, emphasizing the need for the Philippines to do the war on drugs “the right way.” – Rappler.com

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Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation issues, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email camille.elemia@rappler.com