Duterte: "Bye Bye America, We Don't Need Your Money, China Said They Will Provide"

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While there have been signs of a recent thawing in the diplomatic freeze between the Philippines and the US, after president Rodrigo Duterte - who has repeatedly called president Obama "son of a whore" - congratulated Donald Trump on his election, and moved to bury the hatchet with Washington last week, when he said "I would like to congratulate President Trump. Long live!" adding "now we're here, I don't want to ... fight because Trump is already there", relations appeared to take a turn for the worse again overnight when Duterte told the US on Saturday to prepare for repeal of an agreement on deployment of troops and equipment for exercises, declaring "bye-bye America", and we don't need your money.

Duterte's beef with the US has been largely with the Obama administration, which has criticized the Philippines president over reports of extra-judicial killings in his campaign against drugs. Addressing Washington, Duterte said "we do not need you" after arriving from visits to Cambodia and Singapore. "Prepare to leave the Philippines. Prepare for the eventual repeal or abrogation of the VFA."

"I understand that we have been stricken out of the Millennium Challenge. Well, 
good, I welcome it,"
Duterte speaking with apparent sarcasm. | AP Photo

The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), signed in 1998, accorded legal status to thousands of U.S. troops who were rotated in the country for military exercises and humanitarian assistance operations.

The irritable leader was visibly upset and vented his anger on Washington because of a decision by the Millennium Challenge Corp (MCC) board to defer vote on the re-selection of Manila for compact development due to human rights issues.

"I understand that we have been stricken out of the Millennium Challenge. Well, good, I welcome it," Duterte said with apparent sarcasm. "We can survive without American money," he said.

"But you know, America, you might also be put to notice. Prepare to leave the Philippines, prepare for the eventual repeal or the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement," he said, referring to a 1998 accord that governs American forces visiting the Philippines for joint combat exercises.

"You know, tit for tat ... if you can do this, so (can) we. It ain't a one-way traffic," Duterte said, adding tauntingly, "Bye-bye America and work on the protocols that will eventually move you out of the Philippines," he said, adding his decision would come "any day soon" after reviewing another military deal, Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement.

A U.S. government aid agency, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, said earlier in the week that its board deferred a vote on a renewal of the development assistance package for the Philippines "subject to a further review of concerns around rule of law and civil liberties."

"We do not need the money. China said they will provide so many," he said. "The politics here in Southeast Asia is changing."

While calling Americans "sons of bitches" and "hypocrites," Duterte praised China as having "the kindest soul of all" for offering what he said was significant financial assistance. "So, what do I need America for?" he asked.  He also said Russia can be a very important ally. "They do not insult people, they do not interfere," he said.

In his news conference, Duterte was pointedly asked how many crime suspects he has killed in the past when he was still a crime-busting city mayor amid his vague and contradicting accounts of his exploits, a topic that has riled up US senators in recent days. The former government prosecutor again gave contrasting replies.

"Maybe one, two three ... I'm saying, maybe my bullets hit them, maybe not, but after the burumbumbumbum, they're all dead," Duterte said. Replying to another question, he said that he indeed has killed, but did not provide details and tried to justify his act. "When I tell you now that I killed, do not term them as suspects because all of them died while they were fighting government people."

He asked God for forgiveness in advance, saying he may not have time to pray if he's assassinated. "God, forgive me for killing these idiots," Duterte said, then blamed God for the presence of criminals. "You create a human monster so if you are God, why do you have to create these idiots? That's why they die."

However, the outspoken president suggested relations could improve under a President Donald Trump, saying he would change his mindset if President-elect Donald Trump appeals to him. "I have talked to Trump, he was very nice, very courteous," he said. "I could not sense any hostile drift, or even the manner he was saying it, so, in deference, I'll just wait."

"We talk in the same language," Duterte said. He recalled that when he told Trump in a recent phone call that "I like your mouth, it's like mine," he said Trump responded by saying, "Yes, Mr. President, we're similar."

"I will let Obama fade away and if he disappears, then I will begin to reassess," Duterte said, adding that he and Trump acknowledged each other's similarly brash manners.

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abyssinian's picture

Did this nut job just find out the US has no money but debt? 

localsavage's picture

It's a good start in my opinion.  Anything that pawns off a leach country onto China's bankroll is fine with me.  

abyssinian's picture

It was an important leach to have while the cost to keeping this leach was minimal but having the military there can have somewhat of an control over China. Now that Obama opened his retard mouth and fucked up everythign, China got a freaking great deal by just given them some worthless US bonds to take over that leach. 

localsavage's picture

Having the military there for what?  How does this control them at all.  Thinking that we are going to get into a shooting war with China is silly.  It will be economic war or nothing.

abyssinian's picture

go look at the map of south China sea and get a clue the wateways China needed for logistics and trades, and fuel route....etc. same reason US has the largest mitilary base in Japan and S. Korea... if you don't get it now, you won't get it. no point to debate further. 

813kml's picture

Losing the Philippines would be a huge black eye to Empire, but the Navy can fall back on plan B to create their own artificial islands over the Mariana Trench.

Seer's picture

Yeah, but that's going to be costly, having to import prostitutes and all...

yovatti's picture
yovatti (not verified) Seer Dec 17, 2016 2:22 PM

No more fentanyl for Duterte. I wonder if he has murdered his own dealer yet?


But if he goes through with it, at least the Flip whore will have an easy time with the Chinese soldiers. Those little Chinese pricks will seem like nothing to them after being streteched out by our boys.



beemasters's picture

The relationship has never been mutually beneficial but has instead, created unnecessary tensions in the region and loss of respect for the Philippines. It should have ended long ago, but US puppets were placed in power ...until now.

cossack55's picture

Ask Doug about the value of the Phillipines.  You may also wish to ask him about the reinforcements he was promised.

stacking12321's picture

But if duterte aligns with China, it will be a whole new shitpile.
Think, "I have altered the deal. Pray that I don't alter it any further."
China will be a monster when it comes into power.

East Indian's picture

China is already a monster. 

But the US is catching up fast. 

stacking12321's picture

us is and was a monster, but its power is fading.

china will be a bigger monster, 4x the population as the us, and run by autocrats that mostly know what they are doing.

Itang's picture

Americans are warmonger's. I hate all soldiers. American soldiers are robots..... they can not think themselves.

Son of Loki's picture

Another Obama/Hillary/Kerry success.


8 years of failure=Legacy

rockstone's picture

Runs the best house in the PI. Love you long time.

Itang's picture

Yeah the Americans are the best to annex islands and then blame Russia.

August's picture

Hell, the US will just re-position Guam.

DEMIZEN's picture

true that, half of american and all maritime oil supplies to japan and korea run across the china sea. China rattles in South China Sea while Putin meanwhile discusses forking out the sino-russian pipeline to Japan. So called fishery and cultural exhange, lol.

Is not the chinese worrying of being blocked they are bulding their own railway to thailand and daka, possibly myanmar. they want to hold some high cards and negotiate their western access to warm seas.  China was allowed to join WTO only after US secured afganistan in november 2001. Chinese never gave up the plans to bypass india to get to the warm seas but to be able to do so, they would first have to win over afghanistan.



not dead yet's picture

The Chinese now have a railroad that goes all the way to Europe. China has also learned war and conflict is not good for business. So they are making nice with their neighbors and helping them with infrastructure and loans. When Trump called that abombination TPP, almost 5500 pages long, dead Australia made a deal with the Chinese. When the Chinese came up with their bank eveyone but the US joined while the US pressured them to not join. Rather than be left out the US joined. The Shanghi Cooperation Council is big and getting bigger as more nations sign on. People now have an alternative to the US and it's draconian edicts and heavy handed regulations. All around the world they are telling the US to piss off as there are alternatives coming into play. Europe never wanted to put sanctions on Russia but they are so dependent on the US they did it anyway and have suffered far more than the Russians ever did. The upshot was "isolated" Putin cut trade deals all around the world especially in South America where they treated him like hero. Now Putin is close to a deal with Japan.

DEMIZEN's picture

The railway is not built yet. however, they are feasible plans for it. When it becomes difficult to control information and hold advantage in RD everything comes down to geography. It will become increasingly hard to control eastern hemisphere, US is not positioned to rule over eurasian affairs. It used to be an island well positioned and safe hub between east asia and europe  but with new developments in tactical weapons no country will remain to be an island. MENA is developing really fast, so is the south asia and trade areas shifted back to old silk road. 

I dont know much about putins deals in southamerica, but russia is very well positioned to supply oil and gas to east asia and europe

chumbawamba's picture

Yeah, and good riddance to this shitty little howler monkey. We don't need anymore nurses in America, thank you. Keep your excess brown people and send them to China now where they can provide palliative care for those grateful paragons of civility and virtue.

Seriously, I'm glad the Philippines have broken away from the US sphere of influence, for many political reasons, but this guy's cockiness is just annoying now. He's like the baddest toddler in preschool.

I am Chumbawamba.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I must admit I am curious why God has created so many idiots as well. Hopefully not for our entertainment. If the monkey does get a Devine revelation on this matter, I would enjoy hearing it before his rantings result in his departure from Earth.

I still find him funny. I guess I'm too weary of oppressive PC to find his grandstanding offensive.


OpTwoMistic's picture

Don't be in a hurry. We can go to any bathroom we chose.


Justin Case's picture

Okinawa residents are also protesting the military there for all the incidents of rape, drunk driving, murder etc.

Tens of thousands protest on Okinawa to close key U.S. bases in Japan. Huge demonstration comes after last month's rape and murder of a 20-year-old woman.

Da Link

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) localsavage Dec 17, 2016 1:39 PM

Leech. Note proper spelling.

Mr. Universe's picture

I don't know Duterte seems more like a Lich to me.

TheVillageIdiot's picture

His vision and action are consistent with cleaning up his country. That includes getting rid of a corrupt relationship with the fuckwads that you keep electing.

Instead of saying he is a leach, why dont you look at it positively - and ask yourself this - how can a third world country stand up to America and end a relationship that has spanned 3 wars... with a domestic popularity rating that exceeds the aggregate of the last three sitting US presidents...

End drugs, end corruption, end foreign influence that runs counter to sovereign self determination..


Fuck you are really stupid

Justin Case's picture

Not to mention Bush stole $280 billion of the Philippines gold with Marcos help. Only Marco's never lived to get his share. 911 destroyed all the evidence the FBI had on the 27th flr. Oh what a coincidence.

Gotta love merica. They tried to bribe Duterte with $36 million bag of money. He turned them away. Imagine if merica had a Gov't for the people? The rest of the world would respect the country. The uni-polar world is unraveling at break neck speed. Roman Empire II

TwelveOhOne's picture

Not to mention that in murdering drug dealers, he's cleaning up the CIA...

Justin Case's picture

During the Sept. 12, 2011, Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas -- a staunch advocate of limited government and a more modest military footprint -- offered a surprising statistic about the reach of the U.S. armed forces.

"We're under great threat, because we occupy so many countries," Paul said. "We're in 130 countries. We have 900 bases around the world. We're going broke. The purpose of al-Qaida was to attack us, invite us over there, where they can target us. And they have been doing it. They have more attacks against us and the American interests per month than occurred in all the years before 9/11, but we're there occupying their land. And if we think that we can do that and not have retaliation, we're kidding ourselves. We have to be honest with ourselves. What would we do if another country, say, China, did to us what we do to all those countries over there?"

TwelveOhOne's picture

one of my favorite speeches of his, still gives me chills, "Armed Chinese Troops in Texas": https://youtu.be/XKfuS6gfxPY

l8apex's picture

Local - how is the Phils a leach to the US?  Because we put military bases there?  That doesn't make anybody in the Phils a leach as far as I can tell.  

I won't be surprised if you can come up with something, but nothing is coming to mind for me.  As far as I can tell, they're just another pawn of the US empire.  I think we'd agree that this giant "empire" doesn't do any good for 99.9% of Americans, so I'm also in favor of some shrinkage...



Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

But are the people in his country not concerned that their leader's "economic plan" is to find a sugar daddy and become that sugar daddy's bitch?

Skiprrrdog's picture

Another parasite third world country off of our backs.... someone explain the bad part of that to me again...

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Skiprrrdog Dec 17, 2016 1:19 PM

It depends on whether we have any gold stashed there or not.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) cossack55 Dec 17, 2016 4:05 PM

Check with Satoshi. I heard he has all his stashed on a Commodore 64 (enough to buy a new Atari set).

algol_dog's picture

Yep - Don't let the door hit your ass ....

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Another parasite third world country off of our backs.... someone explain the bad part of that to me again..."

some see it differently, more like

Another parasite first world country off of our backs.... 

Skiprrrdog's picture

So it would seem... the force is strong with the trolls today...

Justin Case's picture

They weren't invited in many countries and do no favors to the occupied. They and many other occupied countries would be moar than happy for the mericans to get out. Germany has been occupied since WWII. Merica is the parasite.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Because they'll be so much better off with the ChiComs setting up camp in their country?

What they really need is independence from any other country's handouts.

"Parasiting" is not a sound economic plan.

Skiprrrdog's picture

Its funny how people that might not live in America always blame ALL AMERICANS for whatever a fucked up American government did to them, which has NOTHING to do with 99% of Americans, myself included. I am sorry there are so many butthurt people/countries out there, but why did you/they not do what they accuse Americans of not doing, i.e., fighting back against the oppression? Yeah, thats what I thought, crickets at 100db

Still Losing Money's picture

good, BYE! oh, and when you get the short end of the stick next year, don't come crawling back

DetectiveStern's picture

This guy gives zero fucks. I like him.