Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, doesn’t hesitate to swear at public officials in public settings. In May, Duterte called the pope a “son of a whore.” In June, he responded to criticism from United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon by calling the organization “stupid” and threatening to withdraw “if you are that disrespectful, son of a bitch.” And this week, Duterte warned that if President Barack Obama asked him about his government’s recent extrajudicial killings, “son of a bitch, I will swear at you.”
Duterte, who took office in late June, made the remarks at a news conference Monday in Manila, the Philippine capital, the Associated Press reported. More than 2,000 alleged drug deals and users have been killed since Duterte launched a crackdown on illegal drug trafficking after assuming office, prompting strong condemnation from the United Nations and human-rights groups.
“I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody,” Duterte told reporters. “You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina, I will swear at you in that forum.”
“Putang ina” is the Tagalog phrase for son of a bitch.