Duterte lashes United States as “monkeys, fools” for halting sales of 26,000 weapons
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has chided the United States for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision “fools” and “monkeys” and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead.
“Look at these monkeys, the 26,000 firearms we wanted to buy, they don’t want to sell,” Mr Duterte said.
Mr Duterte’s tirades against the former colonial power are routine during his speeches and he added that he once believed in Washington, but had since lost respect for what is the Philippines’ biggest ally.
The US State Department reportedly halted the sale of the assault rifles to the Philippine police after US Senator Ben Cardin said he would oppose it, according to US officials.
Senate aides said Mr Cardin, the top Democrat on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was reluctant to provide the weapons given concern about human rights violations in the Philippines during Mr Duterte’s bloody, four-month-old war on drugs.
More than 2,300 people have been killed in police operations or by suspected vigilantes as part of Mr Duterte’s anti-narcotics campaign, which was the lynchpin of his election campaign.
Mr Duterte has vented his anger at the United States for raising concerns about the extra-judicial killings.
he said “monkey” when referring to decision makers in dc..racccciiiiissssstttt!!!!
“The US State Department reportedly halted the sale of the assault rifles to the Philippine police after US Senator Ben Cardin said he would oppose it, according to US officials.”
26,000 rifles doesnt really sound like a hell of a lot tbh..so many drug dealers and not enough bullets says rodrigo..