Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte just released his Christmas message and it’s getting loads of attention.
Red State Watcher shared the video in which Duterte voiced a hard message for criminals and said he would eliminate all those who cause trouble in the country.
“You know, I’m still only human, so allow me to make a greeting; Merry Christmas to you mainliners, thieves, corrupt criminals, and all those who continue to make life hard for the Filipinos,” Duterte said. “So, if you don’t cease and still continue your brutality, this will be your final Merry Christmas.”
Check out the message here.
This isn’t the first time the president spoke out of turn. In addition, Duterte’s political role models should have many Filipinos worried for their future.
According to Business Insider, Duterte claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin as his idol.
“I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world — China, Philippines, and Russia. It’s the only way,” Duterte said.
Duterte’s term in office has put a strain on relations between the United States and the Philippines. Not only has Duterte used strong, offensive language while speaking about President Barack Obama, but he has also openly mocked the U.S. to other world leaders.
Rappler recounted one particular instance when Duterte took a jab at the U.S. while at a conference with Chinese businessmen.
“Americans are loud, sometimes rowdy. Their larynx is not adjusted to civility,” he said, before attempting to copy an American accent. “They are a very discourteous people.”
The tides might change as President-elect Donald Trump has attempted to connect with President Duterte. Trump even invited the Filipino president to come to the White House after his inauguration in hopes of restoring relations between the two countries.
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