Duterte rails at US ‘mon­keys’ for halt­ing gun sale

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

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