PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte again took an unprovoked swipe at outgoing US Ambassador Philip Goldberg over the envoy’s reaction to his controversial rape remarks during the campaign and called Goldberg an annoying homosexual.
Speaking before soldiers at Camp Lapu Lapu in Cebu City late Friday, Duterte related his talks with US State Secretary John Kerry who visited the country last July 27 and reiterated his dislike for Goldberg.
“I spoke US Secretary of State John Kerry with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. He was okay although I had a rift with his ambassador, his homosexual ambassador. Son of a bitch, I’m annoyed at him,” Duterte said in Filipino.
“He meddled during the elections, giving statements. You’re not supposed to do that,” he explained, referring to Goldberg’s reaction to Duterte’s remark about the rape and killing of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hammill in 1989.
Relating the incident during a campaign rally, Duterte said he ordered the killing of the jail inmates who took Hammil and several others hostage because of the rape of the beautiful Hammill, even beating the Davao City mayor to the rape.
Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely responded with a post on social networking site Twitter that rape and murder should never be trivialized and Goldberg agreed with Gorely’s sentiments.
But Duterte interpreted the remarks of the two envoys as meddling in local politics and dared the United States and Australia to cut off diplomatic ties with the Philippines if he wins the elections.
After attacking Goldberg, however, Duterte boasted to his audience of troopers that the US granted the Philippines $33 million in training funds.
“After Kerry visited the Philippines, he left us $33 million. I told myself, ‘this seems cool. Let’s take a swipe at them again so they will make amends with money’,” he added.
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