Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells President Barack Obama to ''go to hell'' and reconsider his government's foreign policy. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
STORY CONTAINS PROFANE LANGUAGE Harsh words from Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte after he said the United States refused to sell some weapons to his country. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino/English) PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT, RODRIGO DUTERTE, SAYING: "Mister Obama, you can go to hell." In a series of speeches Tuesday he attacked the United States, saying he could find other friends. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT, RODRIGO DUTERTE, SAYING: "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 would rather go to Russia and to China. At least even if we do not agree with the ideology, they have respect for the people." While Duterte has publicly suggested he would end joint military exercises, push U.S. special operations forces out of the southern Philippines, and review a defense pact signed two years ago, U.S. officials stressed none of this has happened. In fact his latest broadsides come as Philippine and U.S. soldiers kicked off the annual joint drills aimed at improving cooperation on maritime security.