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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses army troopers during his visit to its headquarters in suburban Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines Tuesday Oct. 4, 2016. U.S. and Philippine forces opened their first large scale combat exercises under President Duterte in uncertainty Tuesday after he said the drills will be the last in his six-year presidency partly to avoid upsetting China.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippine President Duterte told Obama he can 'go to hell'



Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte told President Obama he can "go to hell" during a speech Tuesday.  

Duterte's comments were in reference to the United States' criticism of his anti-drug campaign which has included extra-judicial killings. 

Some suspected drug dealers have been killed in shootouts with police and others have died in vigilante-style shootings. 

Instead of helping us, the first to criticize is this State Department, so you can go to hell, Mr. Obama, you can go to hell.
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Duterte told Obama he can 'go to hell'

During one of three speeches Tuesday, Duterte also threatened to cut ties with the U.S.

"Respect is important," he said in a speech in Makati city. "If this is what happens now, I will be reconfiguring my foreign policy. Eventually, I might, in my time, I will break up with America. I'd rather go to Russia and to China."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest responded Tuesday saying he had not received any request from Duterte to change bilateral cooperation. 

This is just the latest in a string of controversial remarks by Duterte. 

Earlier this year, the Filipino president threatened to swear at Obama if the U.S. president questioned him about his anti-drug campaign.

"Who does he think he is? I am no American puppet. I am the president of a sovereign country and I am not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people," Duterte said in a September speech. "Son of a b****, I will swear at you."

Duterte later came forward and said he regretted making that comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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