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Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines President, Calls US Envoy 'Gay'

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Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016 12:57 PM

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte called U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg "gay" in caustic comments, sparking a diplomatic row that prompted Washington to summon Manila's envoy to complain, reported Agence France-Presse.

Duterte used a local Tagalog language homophobic slur to express his displeasure with Goldberg in televised comments made Friday.

"As you know, I'm fighting with (US Secretary of State John Kerry's) ambassador. His gay ambassador, the son of a w****. He p****d me off," Duterte said.

Duterte, 71, surged to power with a landslide in May following an incendiary campaign in which he gleefully used foul language to disrespect authority figures, from his local political rivals to the pope.

He first came into conflict with Goldberg on the campaign trail, after he said he wanted to rape a "beautiful" Australian missionary who was sexually assaulted and murdered in a 1989 prison riot in Davao, the city he ran for two decades.

Goldberg and the Australian Ambassador both strongly criticized these comments.

"He meddled during the elections, giving statements here and there. He was not supposed to do that," Duterte said.

The U.S. State Department said the Filipino charge d'affaires, Patrick Chuasoto, had been summoned Monday to discuss Duterte's comments.

"We had that conversation," department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said.

"I think what we were seeking is perhaps a better understanding of why that statement was made," she added.

Philippine foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose confirmed the meeting but said Manila's envoy had been "invited to the State Department to discuss the entire breadth of Philippines-U.S. relations."

"Philippine-U.S. relations remain strong," he told AFP Wednesday.

© AFP 2017

   
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