President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday launched another series of tirades against the United States during his first speaking engagement in Japan.
While meeting with the Filipino community in Tokyo, Duterte called Americans “bullies” over the US criticism of the rising death toll of his administration’s crime war.
“Ang problema nito ulitin ko, ayaw ko kasing makipag-away. Eh tarantado itong mga Amerikanong ito. Alam mo the Americans are really a bully. Sa Bisaya daog-daog. Sa Tagalog api-api. Maapi-api itong mga yawa [devil] na ito,” Duterte said as the crowd cheered.
He then enumerated the personalities and groups who have criticized him including the US State Department and US President Barack Obama.
“If you have the evidence go ahead and file the case. Wala akong problema, I can rot in prison for my country. I am not a Filipino for nothing. Maski ganito lang kami kapobre, do not f— with our dignity,” he said between cheers.
After lashing out at the US, Duterte said he was more comfortable dealing with Japan and China.
“Mas komportable ako dito sa Japan, and even China,” he said.
Before ending his speech, Duterte had some final words for his “American friends.”
“I’m sure I would be a villain to—ngayon lang, maybe at this time not all Filipinos would talk low… too kindly about my stand. But in the years to come, in next generation, they would know that there is such a thing in this world as ‘the dignity of the Filipino people,’” he said.