[Updated 26 June 2018] World leaders (who aren’t Trump) tend to be circumspect when they speak. But not every head of state follows this convention. Right here in Southeast Asia we have President Rodrigo Duterte.
Recently, the President of the Philippines told UN Special Rapporteur Diego Garcia-Sayan to “go to hell”.
One thing is for sure – Duterte is no stranger to speaking his mind in the name of his country and well, himself. Here are some of his most infamously memorable quotes throughout his time in politics.
Lambasting God for the ridiculous idea of creating Adam and Eve only to have them succumb to temptation, June 2018
“Who is this stupid God? This son of a b***h is then really stupid.” – Source: South China Morning Post
To Barack Obama (after which Obama cancelled a scheduled meeting with him), September 2016
“You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum.” – Source: AFP
About US Ambassador to Philippines, Philip Goldberg, August 2016
“We were speaking to [US Secretary of State John] Kerry, and he’s OK, but I had a fight with their ambassador, that gay son of a whore.” – Source: The Guardian
Telling a ‘joke’ after he imposed martial law in southern Philippines, May 2017
“I will be imprisoned for you. If you rape three [women], I will say that I did it. But if you marry four, son of a whore you will be beaten up.” – Source: BBC
Using the Holocaust as a point of comparison for his war on drugs, September 2016
“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there is three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.” – Source: BBC
Telling another ‘joke’ about the gang-rape and murder of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill in 1989, April 2016
“What a pity…they raped her, they all lined up. I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first. What a waste.” – Source: AFP, The Washington Post
When he was mad at the Pope because his visit caused bad traffic, January 2015
“We were affected by the traffic. It took us five hours. I asked why, they said it was closed. I asked who is coming. They answered, the Pope. I wanted to call him: ‘Pope, son of a whore, go home. Do not visit us again’.” – Source: BBC
In response to concerns raised by the EU about extra-judicial killings taking place in the Philippines, 2016
“Even the EU is scolding me…When I was mayor, that was OK, but it is different now because I am the president. Why would you insult me? It is as if I am your subordinate…F**k you.” – Source: The Irish Times
Still angry with the EU after they criticised his plans to bring back the death penalty, March 2017
“Do not impose your culture or your belief in what would be a government in this planet. Do not impose on other countries, especially us. Why don’t you mind your own business? Why do you have to f**k with us, goddamn it?” – Source: The Guardian
Feeling blasé about human rights during his presidential campaign, 2016
“Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I’d kill you. I’ll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there.” – Source: BBC
When addressing a group of former rebels at a private event, February 2018
“Tell the soldiers. ‘There’s a new order coming from [sic] mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina, so that…if there is no vagina, it would be useless.” – Source: Coconuts
He’s just a bag full of sunshine, this guy.
And in case you missed it, here, presented sans comment (though we assure you you will have a comment) is the now infamous video of President Duterte locking lips with an overseas Filipina worker in South Korea.