BEIJING - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threw insults at the American people, describing them as "loud and discourteous" while praising Filipinos and Orientals as "fundamentally shy" and a very courteous race.
In a speech before businessmen and Chinese officials, Duterte said Filipinos and Orientals "bow at the slightest good statement" and would whisper to each other even if they have already been introduced.
In comparison, he said Americans "are a little bit loud, sometimes rowdy; and they have this volume of their voice and their larynx not well adjusted to civility."
"The problem is when you talk to the Westerners, Americans and all,
they are a very discourteous people," he added.
The President, who announced a "separation" of ties with the US during the state visit, said that in his 23 years as mayor of Davao City, he had yet to hear of American businesses going to the city for basic trade deals such as fruit importation, similar to what is being done by China. Instead, he said American businesses would go after mining interests, which is detrimental to the environment.
He also advised Filipino Chinese businessmen not to make deals with American businessmen. "If you do that, that is the shortest way of losing your money," he said.
Duterte's latest outburst, less than three weeks before the U.S. presidential election, is just the latest in a series of anti-US broadsides leveled by the Philippine president.
Duterte has insulted US President Barack Obama and the U.S. ambassador in Manila for questioning his war on drugs, which has led to the deaths of more than 2,000 suspected users and pushers. He told Obama to "go to hell" and alluded to severing ties with Washington.
Duterte to Obama: Go to hell
During his speech, he explained why he cursed the US and the European Union for criticizing his anti-drug campaign.
"I tried to explain that I have four million addicts to take care
and that I need help but nobody was listening. I was talking in a very decent language but they just went ahead to pound on me. So I was forced to expressed my anger in expletives, in curses, epithets and all. Ang sinabi ko p****** ina ka Obama, g*** ka pala eh. And then I said, you, you stupid Human Rights. Sabi ko, you EU. You are all pea-brained."
Duterte announced his "separation" from the United States during the business forum in Beijing's Great Hall of the People.
"I, in this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States both in military -- not in social -- both in military but economic," Duterte said, drawing applause from the crowd.
While in China, Duterte announces 'separation' from US
In his speech, Duterte also spoke of an incident during his last visit to the US that showed "American idiotic arrogance."
He said that during a stopover at the Los Angeles airport after a visit with other Philippine congressmen to Brazil, he was questioned by an African-American officer after his letter of authority to travel turned up missing.
Duterte, who was using a diplomatic passport, said the letter was addressed to the port of entry in Brazil and was probably not reinserted in his passport after he left.
"You know this guy brought me to a room to interrogate
me...I said, if you detain me any further and if there’s a plane
available going back to the Philippines now, I’d be happy to ride.
That was the last time I went to America."
He added: "Maybe sometime soon the Americans come to my country for business and all, including pedophilia. And they come to my country sans a visa, they do not need it, they go there as if they own the place."
"And Filipinos who go to America and who have the money, they are not just only berated in the visa control, in the consular office,[inaudible] they are humiliated."
He said Americans should also get a visa to go to the Philippines. " If you are planning to go to my country, you get a visa from where you come from. Maybe [applause]... It’s about time."
Duterte earlier also criticized the US for a number of atrocities committed by the Americans in the Philippines when it was still a US colony.
He earlier presented photos at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit meeting of the March 1906 Bud Dajo massacre, where hundreds of Moros, including women and children, were killed by U.S. forces in Sulu.
Larawan ng ‘Bud Dajo Massacre,’ ipinrisinta ni Duterte sa ASEAN Summit
He also recalled the 1901 massacre in Balangiga, Samar, where residents over the age of 10 were ordered killed by US General Jacob Smith following a successful attack on US forces by Filipino rebels.
Around 2,500 Filipinos were killed by the Americans in Balangiga, after Smith told US soldiers, “I want no prisoners. I wish you to kill and burn; the more you kill and burn, the better it will please me… The interior of Samar must be made a howling wilderness…."
The Americans also took three church bells from Balangiga as "war booty." The bells have yet to be returned to the Philippines despite attempts by previous administrations. With Reuters
After Bud Dajo, Duterte brings up Balangiga Massacre