Duterte rails at US ‘monkeys’ for halting gun sale
MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chided the US on Wednesday for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision “fools” and “monkeys” and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead.
Duterte’s tirades against the former colonial power are routine during his speeches and he said on Wednesday he once believed in Washington, but had since lost respect for the Philippines’ biggest ally.
The State Department halted the sale of the rifles to the Philippine police after staff from US Senator Ben Cardin’s office said he would oppose it, Senate aides said.
Aides said Cardin, the top Democrat on the US Senate foreign relations committee, was reluctant given the concern about human rights violations in the Philippines during Duterte’s war on drugs.
“Look at these monkeys, the 26,000 firearms we wanted to buy, they don’t want to sell,” Duterte said during a speech.
“We have many homemade guns here. These American fools.”
Duterte reiterated that Russia and China had shown willingness to sell arms to the Philippines. – Reuters