Duterte tells Obama ‘you can go to hell,’ warns of breakup

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Philip­pine leader Ro­drigo Duterte told Pres­i­dent Barack Obama “you can go to hell” in a speech Tues­day that was his strong­est tirade so far against the U.S. over its crit­i­cism of his deadly anti-drug cam­paign, ad­ding that he may even­tu­ally de­cide to “break up with Amer­ica.”

He also lashed out anew at the Euro­pean Union, say­ing the bloc, which has also crit­i­cized his bru­tal crack­down, “bet­ter choose pur­ga­tory, hell is filled up.”

Since be­com­ing pres­i­dent in June, Duterte has had an un­easy re­la­tion­ship with the U.S. and with Obama and has de­clared in­ten­tions to bol­ster re­la­tions with China and Rus­sia as he re­vamps Philip­pine for­eign pol­icy that has long leaned on Wash­ing­ton. The brash-speak­ing leader also has been hy­per­sen­si­tive to crit­i­cism over his anti-drug crack­down, which has left more than an es­ti­mated 3,000 sus­pected drug deal­ers and push­ers dead in just three months.

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