By Genalyn Kabiling
Annoyed by foreign interference in local affairs, President Duterte said he is not interested in visiting the United States during his term.
“There will never be a time that I will go to America during my term or even thereafter,” the President said in an interview with reporters in Davao City.
Duterte said he already visited United States in the past and found the place “lousy.”
The President made his remarks after a US lawmaker claimed he should be barred from entering the White House over his alleged human rights abuses. Massachusetts Rep. James McGovern, in his remarks at a human rights probe on Duterte’s drug war, said he intends to lead a protest once the Philippine leader visits the White House.
The President, however, lashed out at the US Congress for meddling with domestic issues such as the drug crackdown. He said the US Congress should instead conduct a probe on the US human rights violations in other parts of the world.
“Otherwise I would be forced to investigate you also. I will start with your past sins,” he said, adding he plans to dig up archives of photographs of US atrocities during their attempt to conquer Mindanao several decades ago.
“I will start the investigation also. Why? Was there no human rights before?” he asked. “That’s an invention of America.”
“You’re investigating me in the internal affairs of my country. I’m investigating you and I will you expose you to the world what you did to the Filipino especially to the Moro Filipino,” he added.
In their phone conversation last May, US President Donald Trump invited Duterte to visit America to enhance bilateral relations. The invitation reportedly aimed to mend Philippine-US strained ties.
Duterte later said he might be too busy with work to visit the White House.
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