Defiant Filipino President Just Dared the US to Assassinate Him with the CIA
In the midst of withering ties to the United States, controversial Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte dared the C.I.A. to try to remove him from power. He was speaking in his hometown on Friday to mark his first 100 days in office.
“You want to oust me?” Duterte said in the southern city of Davao, reportsChannel NewsAsia. “You want to use the CIA? Go ahead.”
Considerable outrage has erupted over the new president’s violent crackdown on drug offenders, which to date has resulted in over 1,500 deaths at the hands of police and nearly 2,000 via unexplained circumstances.
But the dare wasn’t aimed at the United States, alone. According to Channel NewsAsia, Duterte was also addressing those in his own country thinking of rising up against his authority. “Be my guest. I don’t give a shit,” he stated.
“I’ll be ousted? Fine. (If so) it’s part of my destiny. Destiny carries so many things. If I die, that’s part of my destiny. Presidents get assassinated.”
Clearly, however, the president’s primary target was his Western critics, as evidenced by remarks he made regarding their intelligence — or, rather, their lack thereof. Describing how he would be ready with counter-questions if he were ever interrogated by Western officials, Duterte, in his typically inflammatory fashion, said:
“If they are unable to answer, son of a whore, go home, you animal. I will kick you now. Do not piss me off. It cannot be that they are brighter than me, believe me.”