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Duterte ‘finds more comfort in Japan’

Japan is a generous ally of the Philippines but the United States has been a bully that insults the Filipino people, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday night, October 25.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the crowd during a news conference prior to boarding his flight for a three-day official visit to Japan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Duterte lashed out anew at the United States following Monday's interview with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel who said that Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about the government's intentions have sparked consternation in the U.S. and other governments and in the corporate world. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) 2016.mb.com.ph

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the crowd during a news conference prior to boarding his flight for a three-day official visit to Japan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Duterte lashed out anew at the United States following Monday’s interview with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel who said that Duterte’s controversial remarks and a “real climate of uncertainty” about the government’s intentions have sparked consternation in the U.S. and other governments and in the corporate world. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) 2016.mb.com.ph

As he started his three-day official visit to Tokyo, the president profusely thanked Japan for its generosity to the Philippines, citing its $6 billion worth of development projects in the country.

Mas komportable ako sa Japan (I feel more comfortable in Japan)… Japan is so kind to us,” the president said in his remarks at the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel.

Japan talaga ang pinakamalaking tulong sa atin (Japan was really our biggest helping hand),” he said, citing he multi-billion-dollar roads and other Philippine projects funded by Japan.

The president, however, unleashed another profanity-laced attack against the United States for their unfair criticisms of his war on drugs.

Duterte said he does not want to pick a fight with the United States but called the western nation tarantado for chastising him in public instead of helping him defeat the drug menace.

“What I am supposed to do with the four million addicts?” Duterte said. “Ayaw kong makipag-ayaw, e itong tarantadong Amerikanong ito. (I do not want to pick up a fight, but this American.) You know, the Americans are really a bully,” he said.