DUTERTE :What an international disaster!
Duterte says he'll talk to Indian ambassador over '5-6'
Rape joke on murdered Australian missionary,
Slams Mexico in front of envoy
Wants Somalia and Yemen as role models
And sides with China on Spratly's !
Duterte says he'll talk to Indian ambassador over '5-6'From GMA News:
Davao City Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called out the Indian ambassador for the longtime practice of some Indian migrants who offer five-six loans, or those that lend cash at a hefty 20-percent interest.
In a speech before business executives at a Makati Business Club forum, Duterte sought Indian ambassador Lalduhthlana Ralte to discuss with him the practice.
The presidential candidate brought up the issue while narrating the financial problems of common folk such as public shool teachers.
His mother Soledad was a teacher.
“Silang lahat [teachers], tali iyon sa five-six. Lahat, without exception. Lahat, five-six iyan. Tapos... is the Indian ambassador there? I will just talk to him privately kasi ganito iyan, eh. Magkakaproblema tayo. Yes, this is what happening," Duterte said drawing laughter from the audience.
“I do not mind Indian nationals going around five-six, okay na sa akin iyan kasi there is no government insitution giving that kind of set up. Immediately, walang file-file, walang approval.... Nandiyan agad ang pera kung kailangan nila,” he added.
Duterte said some lenders also sell appliances and other items to the borrower on loans, adding to their burden of payments.
“So the poor Filipinos is entirely tied to misery. Okay lang sa akin maghiram kung maaari lang, you may want to talk to your compatriots na please lessen the burden of the Filipino because we are a poor country," Duterte said.
"In fact, we will welcome any help you will extend to us, to lighten the load of the Filipino,” he said.
During the listening tours of Duterte and running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to different sectors, loan sharks have always come out as one of the problems of fishermen, farmers, and other workers.
They said working class Filipinos agree to borrowing money from loan sharks despite the high interest rate because they have no choice.
Duterte and Cayetano promised that they would work to make a system of affordable loans available.
The Indian envoy was not the first ambassador that Duterte had engaged during the course of his campaign.
Early this month, Duterte asked the crowd at a tourism event in Pasay City whether or not they would go to another country with a well-known drug problem like Mexico.
“Bakit pupunta ka ba sa Mexico ngayon? Are you going to Mexico with all the kidnappings and killings there? Drugs. Colombia. Everywhere. America,” Duterte said.
He didn't know Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena Villaseñor in the audience, even seated beside his running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
“Yes, the Ambassador is there. I am sorry,” Duterte said when his attention was called to the presence of Villaseñor while some in the audience giggled.
"What a pity. What came to my mind was, ‘They raped her, lined up for her.’ I was mad because she was raped? Yes. That’s one reason. But she was so beautiful. The mayor should have been first.” DuterteMore recently, Duterte criticized US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely for supposedly meddling in Philippine politics after the made comments related to his controversial rape joke. From GMA News
“We note there has been widespread condemnation of the comments in the Philippines, including from Philippine President Benigno Aquino 3rd,” the foreign ministry said, referring to Malacañang’s statement that Duterte “does not respect nor care for the sensitivities of the countries with whom the Philippines maintains cordial and cooperative relations.”
“Australia strongly condemns such comments that make light of rape, which is a violent crime. Rape, or any form of sexual abuse, should not be trivialized.” Australia Foreign Ministry
From Manila Bulletin
US Ambassador Philip Goldberg echoed the statement issued by Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely, who criticized Duterte for saying that he should have been the first to rape Jacqueline Hamill, an Australian missionary who worked in Davao City.
“Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialized. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere,” Australian Ambassador Gorely posted on her Twitter account on Monday.
“I can only agree with the colleague from the Australian Embassy,” U.S. Ambassador Goldberg said in an interview aired by CNN Philippines.
“Any statements by anyone, anywhere that either degrade women or trivialize issues so serious as rape or murder, are not ones that we condone,” he added.
''Pareho kami ng China. They claim it, I am insisting it is ours, period. Hindi ako maniwala sabihin ng tribunal na: 'O Philippines, ganito…' No, no, no. To hell with you guys,'' he said.
Duterte willing to back down on sea dispute with ChinaFrom ABS-CBN News
MANILA – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he is willing to ''shut up'' about the West Philippine Sea dispute if he becomes president, as long as China will offer to build vital transportation facilities and other infrastructure in the Philippines.
Speaking at a press conference in Palawan last Thursday, Duterte said he is open to having joint exploration between the Philippines and China in the disputed waters, an approach the administration of President Benigno Aquino III has long dismissed.
''If you want, joint exploration. Kung wala akong pera pang-equipment ko, just give me my part,'' Duterte said.
Duterte said, if China will ''build me a train around Mindanao, build me train from Manila to Bicol... build me a train [going to] Batangas, for the six years that I'll be president, I'll shut up."
Duterte's position on the matter, perhaps the biggest foreign policy controversy facing the presidential bets in the May 9 elections, contradicts the position taken by the Aquino administration.
"I would like The Philippines to be like Somalia
or even Yemen."Somalia
"As long as it’s Somalia without crime, graft and corruption, no drugs, and I would be happy to live in a Somalia scenery."
"I have no problem with, you even want Yemen as our model."