MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte again blasted his critics from Western nations during his first speech in Tokyo, Japan.
He then challenged his critics to show evidence that the recent extrajudicial killings were sanctioned by his government. (READ: The 100-day word war: How Duterte handles criticism)
"You have the evidence, go ahead and file the case. Wala akong problema (I have no problem with that), I can rot in prison for my country. I am not a Filipino for nothing. Maski ganito lang kami ka-pobre (even if we are poor), do not fuck with our dignity," he said to thunderous applause from his audience of Filipinos based in Japan.
He said he is much more comfortable with Japan and China than with Western nations.
"Mas komportable ako dito sa Japan, sa China... In the other side of the world, hindi maganda ang treatment nila sa bayan ko," said the Philippine President.
(I am more comfortable with Japan, China... In the other side of the world, their treatment of my country is not good.)
He also thanked Japan for being the Philippines' number one source of Official Development Assistance, saying there is some $6 billion in programmed assistance for airports and roads.
"Japan is very attached to us. They are really so very kind. Wala akong maano sa (I cannot say anything bad about the) Japanese people," he said.
Duterte is in Japan for a 3-day official visit during which he will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pay a courtesy call on Emperor Akihito, and speak with Japanese business leaders. – Rappler.com
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