During a press conference this week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte again inveighed against the US, capping his rant by directing one his most frequently used insults against the British journalist who questioned him.
“You did raise earlier the comparison with Latin America and narcostate,” Jonathan Miller, the Asia correspondent for the UK’s Channel 4, said to Duterte in the president’s hometown of Davao City in Mindanao in the southern Philippines.
“The narcostates of Latin America were, as you know, associated with the term ‘death squads’ too, and … in the five months since you became president, more people have actually been killed than died during the nine years of the Marcos dictatorship …” Miller asked, before Duterte started to answer.
The Philippine president then made several criticisms of the US, which he has frequently denounced.
“I could ask the same question. Why is America losing 40,000 lives [in] drug-related cases. What makes the Philippines different from America?” Duterte began his response, which you can see in full below, as recorded by The Philippine Star.
Duterte made several critiques of the US, including over the invasions of Panama and Iraq and its nonmembership in the International Criminal Court.
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