President Rodrigo Duterte took a swipe at the US Ambassador to the Philippines this week, calling the diplomat ‘bakla’ during a speech in Camp Lapu Lapu in Cebu City on Friday.
The president was angered by the ambassador’s earlier references to the Davao Death Squad and his off-colored joke about the rape of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill.
Duterte said: “Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and I talked to US Secretary of State John Kerry. He was okay. I had a rift with Ambassador [Philip Goldberg], his gay ambassador. He meddled during the elections, giving statement. You’re not suppose to do that.”
Duterte threatened to cut ties with the United States and Australia over the ambassador’s remarks, if he would become president.
Originally Duterte challenged the two countries to cut diplomatic ties with the Philippines after the two Ambassadors criticized his jokes about the jailhouse rape of Jacqueline Hamill – Duterte’s remarks were aimed at wishing he would have been first to sodomize her.
The rape joke took international news, creating a firestorm from many who apposed him.
At the time presidential hopeful Duterte told the ambassadors to “shut your mouths,” as the controversy over his rape joke overtook his campaign.
On Friday, Duterte was happy that the United States brought with them on their last visit a $33 million (USD) grant – he said “So that [John] Kerry, when he visited the Philippines, we had food – he left Delfin and I [had] $33 million. I told myself, “This seems alright, Let’s take a swipe at them again so they would make amends with money.”
Ambassador Philip Goldberg is the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, he is set to leave office in October of this year.