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Duterte breaks promise, curses US for suspending sale of assault rifles

Barely a week after vowing that he will already quit cursing after what he claimed as a brief encounter with God, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday launched expletives anew against the United States after it recently suspended the sale of about 26,000 assault riffle to the Philippine government.

“Tignan ninyo ang mga unggoy, yung 26,000 na baril na bibilin natin sakanila ayaw na ipagbili. Tang*** mo, marami de bomba sa’min dito! Luko loko e! Kung hindi talaga luko loko ang mga Amerikano, pati ba naman yan,” Duterte said in a speech in Pangasinan.

Duterte’s speech was part of the send off ceremony for 17 Vietnamese fishermen caught poaching in Sta. Catalina town in Ilocos Sur. Duterte recently pardoned the fishermen “as an act of goodwill” following his recent visit in Vietnam.

The US State Department decided to stop the sale of the assault rifles to the Philippines after Senator Ben Cardin, an ally of outgoing US President Barack Obama, vowed to oppose the same citing the alleged human rights violations of the Duterte administration.

Duterte said the country has nothing to worry about the US’ decision, saying that countries like Russia and China have already expressed intention to extend assistance to the Philippines’ security needs.

“E ang Russia, ang ambassador nila nagsabi, ‘you come here to Russia we have what you want….Sabi ko kay Defense Secretary (Delfin Lorezana), pumunta kayo ng Russia kasi niyaya talaga tayo,” Duterte said.

“Pati ang China. China is open anything you want pinadalhan pa ako ng brochure. ‘ Sabi niya mamili kayo diyan, bigay namin’. Ako nag hohold lang ako,” Duterte said.

Duterte said he still would have to seek the view of military on the possibility cutting military relations with the US.

“Kasi tignan ko muna ang military. Ano ba ang sainyo? Do we have a solution here? If you want to stick with America, fine. Pero tignan ninyo mabuti, balensehin ninyo, kasi binabastos tayo,” Duterte said.

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