Duterte on cutting ties with US, Australia: It was hypothetical

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — PDP-Laban presidential bet Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte on Saturday (April 23) clarified his alleged statement about severing ties with the United States (US) and Australia if he becomes President.

The presidential frontrunner said he was asked a hypothetical question on the possible severance of relations with Australia and the US after the ambassadors of the two countries denounced his rape joke in one of his campaign rallies.

Duterte said he did not initiate the idea and just answered a query from the media.

"Baka tuloy mag-severe ng ties. Tapos in-adopt ang question na 'yun tapos sinabi sa'kin. O sabi ko: Bahala sila. E, kung gusto nilang i-severe ang ties niyo, so be it. Bakit ako magluhod. I go there and say, 'Please, please do not.' I would resign from presidency if I do that.]

[Translation: They might eventually severe ties. Then they adopted that question and asked me. I said: Let them be. If they want to severe ties, so be it. Why would I kneel down. I go there and say, 'Please, please do not.' I would resign from presidency if I do that.]

Not a bad person

Meanwhile, a more formal and controlled Duterte faced the graduates of the Lyceum of the Philippines (LPU) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on Saturday afternoon.

The PDP-Laban standard bearer appeared to be careful with the language that he is using in front of the students, parents, and faculty members.

Duterte claimed he will be prim and proper if he becomes president, as the crowd laughed and cheered in response.

But the Davao mayor, who admittedly has a foul mouth, was not able to stop himself from from cursing while sharing some anecdotes to the audience.

"Ito, mabuti pa ito pagka-pangit-pangit ang ganda-ganda ng asawa niya. Pu***na ito! I was using that word. I'm sorry," said Duterte.

[Translation: This, he is in a better state. Ugly, but with a beautiful wife. This son of a bitch! I was using that word. I'm sorry.]

Duterte once again justified his vulgarity, saying that he acquired it from the slums where he grew-up.

"Nung kami ni Poe, nag-ano... May gusto akong sabihin but it will leave a bad taste in the mouth."

[Translation: When Poe and I... I want to say something but it will leave a bad taste in the mouth.]

He said he deliberately curses during his speeches but clarifies he is not a bad person.