Since Duterte was sworn in as president, the drug war has logged a death toll of over 3,000 people. Many drug suspects are killed during their encounters with the police, where they allegedly attempt to resist arrest of flee.
Duterte's latest controversial remarks against the US and the EU were part of his speech—albeit adlibbed—at the 3rd Sulong Pilipinas Local Governance Convention held on Tuesday, October 4, at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City.
In the YouTube video uploaded by Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM), Duterte makes a reference to losing respect for America right after the 51:14 mark.
Duterte said, "Nawalan ako ng respeto sa Amerika. Instead of helping us knowing fully well—alam nila kasi they have a similar government as ours—alam nila na iyong bottoms up, bottoms up talaga iyon. Sabi nila, 'Duterte, why do you have to kill people? Why not go to rehab?' Easier said than done."
He went on to say, "Where do you get the money? You get money from all department pati Education at kay [Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto] Yasay [Jr.]? Kunin ko kay [Transportation Secretary Arthur] Tugade just to build a rehab? It’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul. Alam nila iyan."
Then, after the 52:07 mark, Duterte fires off, "Instead of helping us, ang unang tumira itong State Department. So, you can go to hell. Mr. Obama, you can go to hell."
In light of this, GMA News Online asked US State Department John Kirby for his reaction on Duterte's fiery statements.
"Frankly, it seems at odds with the warm relationship that exists between the Filipino and American people and the record of important cooperation between our two governments, cooperation that has continued under the Duterte government," Kirby stated.
The report noted: "Filipino and American troops began their latest joint exercise on Tuesday, October 4. Duterte had said that the scheduled exercises would be the last under his term."