Date
26 March 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte (left) talks with members of the Jewish Association of the Philippines at the Beit Yaacov Synagogue in Makati on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
President Rodrigo Duterte (left) talks with members of the Jewish Association of the Philippines at the Beit Yaacov Synagogue in Makati on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Duterte to Obama: You can go to hell

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte has stepped up his tirade against the United States over its criticism of his deadly anti-drug campaign, telling President Barack Obama “you can go to hell”.

In a speech on Tuesday, Duterte said he may eventually decide to “break up with America”, the Associated Press reports.

He also lashed out anew at the European Union for criticizing his crackdown on the drug menace, the news agency said.

Since becoming president in June, Duterte has had an uneasy relationship with the US, and has said he wants to boost ties with China and Russia.

In a speech before a local convention attended by officials and business executives, Duterte described Washington as an unreliable ally, saying Filipino forces have not benefited from joint combat exercises with US troops.

“Instead of helping us, the first to criticize is this State Department, so you can go to hell, Obama, you can go to hell,” Duterte said.

Then addressing the EU, he said: “Better choose purgatory, hell is filled up.”

In a later speech at a synagogue in Makati city, Duterte warned he may decide to “break up with America”.

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