Duterte tells Obama to 'go to hell,' explains frustration with U.S.

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his strongest tirades yet against the United States, saying he has lost respect for Washington and might eventually break up with America.

"Mr. Obama,  you can go to hell. EU [European Union], better choose purgatory. Puno na sa impyerno. Bakit ako matakot sa inyo? President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday afternoon.

[Translation: Hell is already full. Why should I be afraid of you?]

Before a group of local governance leaders in Makati  — and later,  a Jewish community — Duterte explained why he was not happy with the Americans, along with the European Union and the United Nations. 

He particularly lashed out at the US, saying he was "very emotional because America has certainly failed us."

Instead of helping the Philippines address its widespread problem on illegal drugs, Duterte said the U.S. chose instead to criticize him. And instead of calling him out in public, he said Washington should have coursed its concerns over human rights through the proper channels in the United Nations.

"I have lost respect with the U.S." he said.

Duterte reiterated his promise to "stop corruption, drugs, and criminality."

"That's what I promised to the people and that is a sacred promise. I will do it and will not stop despite hypocrisy of the EU, America, and Obama," he said.

The President also said the Philippines has gained nothing from joint war games with the superpower.

"Mga Amerikano lang natututo diyan (Only Americans learn there) using our soldiers. U.S. will not fight or die for us."

That's why he said he'd rather seek assistance from other countries.

"Mas mabuti pa magluhod ako sa mga king of Brunei o Thailand 'wag mo akong paluhurin sa America. Never. Ayoko talaga. You can do your worst, actually," the President said.

[Translation: "It's better to make me kneel before the kings of Brunei or Thailand but not to America. Never. I won't do it. You can do your worst, actually."]

Duterte said he would be "reconfiguring" his foreign policy and "would rather go to China and Russia."

"Eventually, in my time, I will break up with America."

The President's verbal attacks against the U.S. came days after he delivered a controversial Hitler remark that earned international headlines and criticism from human rights groups. Earlier, he also had  and another spat with the local and international media over a cursing issue involving U.S. President Barack Obama.

Stop being 'noisy' advice

The President also reacted to suggestions of some allies about his "being too noisy," specifically Sen. Dick Gordon, in his war on drugs.

"Sabi ni Gordon, stop making noise. No, I cannot stop because I will lose the momentum and I cannot afford it because i am the President," Duterte said, citing that crime rate had gone down by half because of the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs.

"The momentum has to be there and it will be there for six years until the last pusher is taken out on the streets. I cannot just play silent," Duterte said. "It will not stop despite the hypocrisy of EU, and America and Obama."

'Warm relationship' between PH, U.S.

Meanwhile, the White House is standing firm: its ties with the Philippines remain strong.

Press Sec. Josh Earnest said there seems to be some contradiction with Duterte's criticism.

"Those comments are at odds with the warm relationship that exists between the Philippine and American people. There's also an important record of cooperation between our two governments. Cooperation that has continued under the Duterte government in fact. Even as we protect the strong alliance, the administration and the United States of America will not hesitate to raise our concerns about extrajudicial killings."

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong and Makoi Popioco contributed to this report.