Duterte Dares CIA To "Oust" Him, Puts Joint Patrols With US On Hold

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In what has now become a daily ritual, one day after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte dared Barack Obama to "withdraw assistance", not missing the opportunity to insert one "you can go to hell, Mr Obama", on Friday the outspoken president once again took aim at the US, this time targeting the CIA, whom he urged to try and oust him, as he branded Western critics of his deadly crime war "animals" and vowed many more killings.

Whether due to paranoia, or simply the result of historical precedent, in two fiery speeches to mark his 100 days in office, Duterte repeatedly raised the prospect of local or foreign opponents seeking to remove him from power in an effort to stop the violence. But, as Channel News Asia reports, he insisted he would not be intimidated and that his campaign against drugs, in which an average of more than 33 people a day are being killed, would not end.

"You want to oust me? You want to use the CIA? Go ahead," Duterte said in a speech in his southern home town of Davao city, referring to the Central Intelligence Agency, while railing against US President Barack Obama and other critics. The speech follows and accusation last month in which Duterte said the CIA was plotting to kill him, but gave no specifics.

"Be my guest. I don't give a shit," he said.  "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."

Meanwhile, in the first concrete break in defense cooperation between the US and the Philippines after months of increasingly strident comments by the country's new president, the Philippine defense chief said Friday he told the U.S. military that plans for joint patrols and naval exercises in the disputed South China Sea have been put on hold, the AP reported. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also said that 107 U.S. troops involved in operating surveillance drones against Muslim militants would be asked to leave the southern part of the country once the Philippines acquires those intelligence-gathering capabilities in the near future.

President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to halt the 28 military exercises that are carried out with U.S. forces each year, Lorenzana said. Duterte has said he wants an ongoing U.S.-Philippine amphibious beach landing exercise to be the last in his six-year presidency as he backs away from what he views as too much dependence on the U.S.

"This year would be the last," Duterte said of military exercises involving the Americans in a speech Friday in southern Davao city where he lashed out at the U.S. anew and repeated his readiness to be ousted from office for his hard-line stance.

"For as long as I am there, do not treat us like a doormat because you'll be sorry for it," Duterte said. "I will not speak with you. I can always go to China."

In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. government is not aware of any official notification on curtailing military exercises. He said the U.S. remains focused on its security commitments to Philippines, with which it has a mutual defense treaty.

"We think comments like this, whether they are or will be backed up by actual action or not, are really at odds with the closeness of the relationships that we have with the people of the Philippines and which we fully intend to continue," Kirby told reporters.

Earlier this week, the outspoken Philippines leader said his US counterpart Barack Obama, whom he has previously publicly called a “son of a whores,” should “go to hell.”

Asked to comment on the possibility that the current joint maneuvers will be the last, Major Roger Hollenbeck, a US military spokesman for the drills, gave a fatalistic response: “If it’s the last, so be it.”

“I have nothing to do with that and we are going to continue to work together; we’ve got a great relationship,” he added. Experts say the Philippines president’s plans to limit the presence of US troops will thwart Washington’s intention to beef up US forces in Southeast Asia in order to counter China.

“President Duterte’s shoot-from-the-hip style of parochial democracy is deeply troubling,” Carl Thayer, an expert on the South China Sea, told AP. “If Duterte moves to curtail US rotational military presence from bases in the Philippines, this would undermine the US ability to deter China not only in defense of Philippines sovereignty, but regional security as well.”

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Duterte's falling out with Washington will not necessarily spread to U.S. allies such as Japan, for example, which has committed to deliver patrol ships for the Philippine coast guard and has signed a deal to lease five small surveillance planes the country can use to bolster its territorial defense. The planes may arrive as early as next month, Lorenzana said.

The U.S. and Japan have helped the Philippines develop its capabilities to safeguard and defend its territorial waters amid China's increasingly aggressive actions in the South China Sea. Under Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, the U.S. and Philippine militaries twice staged naval exercises near the disputed waters.

While taking a critical stance on U.S. security policies, Duterte has reached out to China and Russia.

In the latest ongoing failure for US foreign politics, Lorenzana said he has been ordered by Duterte to travel to Beijing and Moscow to discuss what defense equipment the Philippines can acquire from them. Lorenzana told a foreign correspondents’ forum on Friday that Manila should probably “re-assess” its relationship with the US and the benefits of the alliance, asserting that the country’s military would survive even if Washington were to withdraw its aid completely.

“We can live without (that),” Lorenzana said, Reuters reported. The value of US military aid to Manila is “not that much,” the country’s Defense chief added, insisting that military officials could ask the Philippines Congress to make up for a $50-$100 million shortfall a year in aid from Washington.

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erkme73's picture

I like this guy.  Screw political correctness.  Call it like you see it.  Maybe that's why there's a Trump sign in my yard, and bumper sticker on my car.

Croesus's picture

Duterte es muy bueno! 


HowdyDoody's picture

Is there a CIA hitmen in the house? Urgent call on 666.


toady's picture

"If history has taught us anything, it's that we can get to anyone." Michael Corleone

Ms No's picture

This guy knows they can get to him but unlike JFK he is outing the fact that they may try to his public, who loves him (I always wondered why JFK and his brother didn't do that).  He is not afraid to die in overt defiance of these bastards.  Damn if that isn't awesome.  Just when you start to lose faith in mankind people's nuts start dropping and give you a reason to believe in your species again.  Hopefully there are a lot more of them out there.

Never One Roach's picture

Duerte sounds mighty "microaggressive." Does he have the "moral authority" to tell His Majesty to "go to hell"?

Sounds like he may "trigger" Soweto.

As Kissinger implied, Obama's foreign policy is not only a failure, but very dangerous for the American people. Barry has pushed Russia and China closer and now the Filippinoes. For once, Henry is correct. When you travel abroad, it's amazing how may people now hate the United States.

Duc888's picture



You can count the countries that don't hate US now on one hand...not even using all your fingers.

Al Bondiga's picture

Hell, I live in the US and I am a US citizen and I hate the US gov and much of the "culture." I can't be e only one.
I cannot hate the country. There is much that I love about it.

GreatUncle's picture

If he is decent and his people support him they will defend him.

A true test ... now ask Obama or Clinton to walk across DC, be like the warriors film

Chupacabra-322's picture

I'm ldigging this Rodrigo guy more & more everyday. You tell'm brother. FUCK those Pure Evil Cri,I al Psychopaths at the CIA. FUCK THEM. Disband them, dishonor them & arrest them, Tri them, convict them then Execute them.

Benjamin123's picture

All tin pot despots claim the CIA is after them. Often they are right.

piratepiet2's picture

My guess is the guy will have difficulty to get himself heard in less than a year.  If you shout all the time, people get desensitised and start to ignore you, and if you do not back up though words with action, your though words will get ignored pretty soon as well.   

nope-1004's picture

So, by that analogy, hiding and obfuscating facts will make a person a revered and admired!

Seems logical, lol.

Or, maybe he's right and has .gov in a tizzy?  lmao

piratepiet2's picture

Do not understand how you construct that "analogy".  

The point is he has been using the harshest possible language versus Obama and the US without apparent concomitant action.  Then you lose credibility.  Then you will get ignored. 


piratepiet2's picture

none of the links you provided points to an official notification by Duterte to the US to withdraw troops or to suspend any activities.  All public speeches, no action.    

Duc888's picture



I don't know how much clearer you can get than this....

"The Philippine defense chief said Friday that he had suspended participation in any joint patrols with the U.S. of the disputed South China Sea"

Notice  "had"  past tense.

trulz4lulz's picture

"I DONT GIVE A SHIIIIIT! SHOOT ME BITCHES!"!! Oh and stay off our beaches assholes, theyre pretty!

Duerte for Leader of the Free World Forever!

Benjamin123's picture

Thats not action, just statements and simbolic bullshit. Cancelling some pointless exercise... so a few sailors wont get on their canoes and run a circle around the philippines? Yeah, that will show them!

Crush the cube's picture

Yeah, it's always might, maybe, soon will.  Has he actually done shit to reach out yet, nope.  Just the coded numbers in the story are telling another story again, what's the real game.  We don't know yet.  33 I see you

CoolClo's picture

I'm thinkong the same thing.... "33" Masonic code...Just another staged operation..

Benjamin123's picture

About 100 precious and irreplaceable spics are murdered every day in Venezuela. Since it does not border Israel, noone gives a fuck.

dark fiber's picture

In  a way you are right. Duterte is just the beginning.  Things will be much more hardcore in the years to come.  This guy will look like a boyscout.

piratepiet2's picture

"Things will be much more hardcore"

You mean US-Philippines relations?

dark fiber's picture

US world relations.  Everyone is giving the US the finger.  Except for Russia and China.  They want to give us a boot up the ass.

GreatUncle's picture

Politicians are beign neutered by their populations because there is no real financial future for them and they know they are being sold out over and over.

Neutered as becoming harder and harder for them to do what they want and totally disregarding their populations.

Erek's picture

"... he insisted he would not be intimidated ..."

This is the stance Trump needs to take!

Bob's picture

He shrugs. "Presidents get assassinated." 

Imagine if our politicians took their job responsibilities and risks that realistically.  How often do we hear people excusing their actions with the speculation that their lives were threatened?

A leader should be prepared to die . . . or stay the fuck out of the arena.

giggler321's picture

"Son of Bitch".  Colorful language for sure...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Good for Rodrigo!

It had to come out sooner or later what the U.S. has done to the Philippines turning it into a brothel since Vietnam and the patronizing pat on the "heads" all those years calling them nice little subservient brown people!...

Well times up "round eye"!  Your friendship is no good and neither is the "money" that was the only thing holding it together in the first place!

European Union?... What happens when USD is no longer salvageable 'Rinse and Repeat" MOFO!... 

We know we can declare victory when the new German government throws our military out of it's Country for good!!!

withglee's picture

"We think comments like this, whether they are or will be backed up by actual action or not, are really at odds with the closeness of the relationships that we have with the people of the Philippines and which we fully intend to continue," Kirby told reporters.

The USA, world champion of democracy ... that democracy thing that cannot work when more than 50 people are involved ... is consistently having problems with what that democracy thing is delivering them, isn't it?

Roving reporter's picture

Is this the guy Hillary wanted to drone? Oh wait...

Colonel's picture

More US "hedgemony" goes away under Obozo the fucktard. Not that its a bad thing though.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

duterte is not in the club for sure..how long he lasts who knows? let's hope this is another sign the NWO reptiles have messed up one can hope.

Duc888's picture



He's throttling the western banksters drug profits and aligning with BRICS/ AIB.


Some funny remarks here...


"Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said US Ambassador Philip Goldberg has denied that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was planning to kill President Rodrigo Duterte.  "I talked with the Americans and they said, 'We don't do that. The Americans don't do that'," the Defense chief said.

"I even mentioned that to Ambassador Goldberg. 'We don't do that,' sabi pa niya," he added.

Lea's picture

"I talked with the Americans and they said, 'We don't do that. The Americans don't do that'"

THE LIES ARE INCREDIBLE. Liars, murderers, psychopaths... don't you Murikans have other people to lead you than those lying, insane creeps?

"Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II"


Crush the cube's picture

Is that why he grovels in synagogues?

medium giraffe's picture

holy shit, a politician who actually sees which way the wind is blowing...

wow thats crazy's picture

He's right.

If the US starts a war with China how many of their little brown friends will the US send to die!

The US doe not give a shit about Philippines sovereignty or its people. They are a barrier and foot soldiers ment to die for NEOCON's war

TRM's picture

  Poll for Zerohedgers

    <---- He sees 2017

   <---- He doesn't see 2017

Miss Informed's picture

I am the one down vote. Taking the contrarian bet.

AriusArmenian's picture

The Philippines is moving in the right direction.

Away from the US/EU and toward Russia, China, and the OBOR.

The West is going down; the East is coming up.

roadhazard's picture

The little monkey is getting paranoid. Just think, all he had to do was not be an asshole.

Chairman's picture

Everyone in Davao City carries a gun.

Duc888's picture



I didn't notice that last Oct. when I was there.

Benjamin123's picture

I know nothing about Duterte but his speeches reminds me of Chavez and Maduro. Terrible persons overall but admired because they kept insulting the United States, pretending to be champions for the people, while selling the US oil, marrying white women and sending their children to 10 million dollar apartments in New York and Paris away from the madness in Caracas.

What is Duterte doing when he is not insulting the United States to boost his approval ratings? Is he a good president or he is just stashing millions in Switzerland, destroying everything and blaming the US as a smokescreen like most tin-pot despots do?

Raul44's picture

Well, thats a maybe - maybe not territory. What we do know for now is, he is killing drug dealers isnt he? And the drug business is one of most major problems in the country. In some countries you cant fix such problems other way. Like, how would you get rid of gangs in Mexico? Only same way, but there is no president willing to. 

Also attitude like this is the only way to counter those snakes in Washington. Nice guys get ripped apart. How did calm diplomatic character of Bashar Assad helped him? How did good character or Ron Paul helped him in elections? They destroy you through the lies, false accusations and subverted actions. 

Benjamin123's picture

My question is if he is doing anything good besids insulting the US. He supposedly kills drug dealers, how do we know? The colombian army is infamous for fighting guerrillas and drug lords by killing random peasants and passing them along as enemy troops.

You people are too gullible rooting for these Mugabes. Talking crap about the US guarantees high ratings in most of the third world "democracies" and thats all it does.