Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning to President Barack Obama on Monday not to question him about extrajudicial killings, or “son of a bitch I will swear at you” when they meet in Laos during a regional summit, is the latest irreverent utterance from a politician who has disparaged the pope and others who controvert his worldview.
Some of the memorable broadsides on Duterte’s growing list of them:
ON THE UNITED NATIONS:
“Maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations. If you’re that rude, son of a bitch, we’ll just leave you. So take us out of your organization, you have done nothing here anyway.” — At a news conference in August regarding remarks by U.N.-appointed rapporteurs about drug-related killings.
ON U.S. AID AND DIPLOMATS:
“We were talking to (U.S. Secretary of State John) Kerry, he’s OK but I had a feud with his gay ambassador. Son of a bitch, I’m annoyed with that guy. He meddled in the elections, giving statements here and there.” — To army troops last month after receiving U.S. financial assistance for law enforcement training.
ON A SLAIN MISSIONARY:
“I looked at her face, son of a bitch, she looks like a beautiful actress in America. Son of a bitch, what a waste. What came to mind was, they raped her, they lined up on her there. I was angry because she was raped, that’s one thing. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste.” — Joking at a campaign event in April about the gang rape and killing of an Australian missionary by inmates in a 1989 jail siege in the Philippine city of Davao while Duterte was mayor there.
ON THE POPE’S VISIT:
“I wanted to call him, ‘Pope, you son of a bitch, go home. Don’t visit here anymore.” — After a monstrous traffic jam that trapped Duterte and many others in January 2015. Duterte apologized after bishops condemned his language.