MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday claimed that the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) wants to oust him.
"Now they say the CIA wanted me out of the government, I believe so but not really but they would have prepared another one. But one thing is very sure is they do not like me. And I do not like them also," Duterte said in a speech at the 7th anniversary of a public service show in Pasay City.
He did not go into details.
In December, the U.S. Embassy in Manila denied an alleged plot by its former ambassador to help unseat Duterte.
Citing an unnamed source, a newspaper article alleged that former U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg left behind a "blueprint to undermine Duterte" that is meant to eventually help remove him from office.
The U.S. Embassy, however, said it "categorically denies the allegations and the existence of a 'blueprint'."
Duterte also claimed earlier that the CIA is out to kill him.
Duterte on Wednesday also responded to two U.S. Democratic lawmakers who said they will protest if he will visit the White House.
"I was invited by (President Donald) Trump to go there. And here comes two senators from the US Congress saying, ‘We will protest if he goes there’. And I answered, ‘Who told you I’ll go there?’" he said.
"I’d like to address myself to the United States. It’s the ugali, it’s the way they handle personal relationships. They’re very courteous almost to the point of fault," he added.
In July, Massachusetts Rep. James McGovern vowed to "lead the protest" if Duterte comes to visit the White House, while California Rep. Jackie Speier was "troubled" that President Trump invited Duterte to the White House.
Duterte, meanwhile, said he goes to China "almost every week just to go on an eating spree, then I will come home."