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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Hits ‘Height of Vulgarity’ in His Latest Tirade Against the West

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Manman Dejeto—AFP / Getty Images Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the Davao International Airport in the Philippine city of Davao after returning from a state visit to Brunei and China on Oct. 22, 2016

Rambling, vulgar remarks appear to lack coherence

Foul-mouthed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has outdone himself once again with public remarks insulting Western allies — only this time, they lack even more clarity than usual.

“You sons of whores. Your euro, that’s a piece of paper. You run out of toilet paper, you wipe up your ass,” Duterte said on Saturday at a press conference in Davao, according to Agence France-Presse. “You guys are bullshit. Why am I saying this? It sounds the height of vulgarity. You started it.”

Duterte’s incoherent remarks followed his recent suggestion that the Philippines would sever ties with the U.S., the country’s former colonizer and longtime ally. Duterte has since dialed back on claims that he would abandon Washington in favor of Beijing.

Since taking office in June, Duterte has initiated a gruesome drug war that has resulted in thousands of extrajudicial killings of alleged dealers and users. Criticism of his tactics by world leaders have led him to lash out verbally, keeping several members of his government in a chronic state of damage control.

In September, Duterte infamously referred to U.S. President Barack Obama as a “son of a whore.”

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