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Duterte’s quotable year as Philippine president

– Bad karma –

“It is your karma when your churches got destroyed. You know why God destroys the churches? To show you that you are not deserving of his mercy.”

Referring to centuries-old Catholic churches in the central Philippines that were damaged in a powerful earthquake in 2013. It was one of many attacks by Duterte on the dominant Roman Catholic Church, which openly criticised the drug war killings.

– More bad karma –

“Look how they slant it! I don’t know how but someday, I am not trying to frighten you but someday, karma will come for you.”

Duterte threatens the owners of a major newspaper, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which had critically reported on his anti-drug campaign.

Before becoming president, Duterte said some corrupt journalists deserved to die.

– I’ll eat your liver –

“Give me vinegar and salt and I’ll eat you. It’s true. Make me angry, give me a terrorist, give me salt and vinegar and I’ll eat your liver.”

Duterte warns Islamist militants that he can exceed them in savagery.

– Rape –

“Leave it to me. I will be imprisoned for you. If you rape three (women), I will say I did it.”

Part of a speech to soldiers to boost their morale after imposing martial law across the southern third of the Philippines in an effort to contain rampaging Islamic militants.

Duterte later said his rape remark was “sarcasm”, not a joke.

– How do you feel? –

“When your father, the president of the United States, was screwing Lewinsky and the girls in the White House, how did you feel? Did you slam your father?”

Duterte responds to Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US president Bill Clinton after she criticised his rape remark. Duterte made his reference to Clinton’s acknowledged affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, during a nationally televised speech to naval officers and their children.

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