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Newsline: Philippines’ President Calls U.S. Ambassador A Gay Son Of A Whore

In a shocking but hardly uncharacteristic spat of insults, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte called U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg a gay “son of a whore.” While the blow has fueled transnational ire, it is not without precedent. “As you know, I’m fighting with [U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s] ambassador,” the new leader explained in televised remarks on Friday. “His gay ambassador, the son of a whore. He pissed me off.” Duterte claimed that the outgoing American envoy “meddled” in the Philippines’ recent elections by “giving statements here and there,” thus earning him the title of a prostitute’s homosexual son ― a description similar to one Duterte already extended to Pope Francis last year. While announcing his presidential run, Duterte chastised the Pope for causing traffic jams in Manila during his visit to the city. “It took us five hours to get from the hotel to the airport. I asked who was coming. They said it was the Pope. I wanted to call him: ‘Pope, son of a whore, go home. Don’t visit anymore’,” he said in 2015, marking just one of his many internationally condemned controversies. To his credit, Duterte did promise to travel to the Vatican to personally apologize to the Pontiff for his comments, but later canceled those plans. When confronted by senior members of the Catholic Church, his response was short but not sweet: “Don’t fuck with me.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/duterte-calls-us-ambassador-son-of-a-whore_us_57ab38e1e4b0ba7ed23e537b

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