Duterte to U.S.: 'Prepare for eventual repeal or abrogation of Visiting Forces Agreement'

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(File photo) President Rodrigo Duterte

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — "Bye-bye, America." President Rodrigo Duterte slammed the U.S. on Saturday, and told them to "prepare for the eventual repeal or abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)."

Duterte's remarks came after the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) — an independent U.S. foreign aid agency — decided to defer voting on an aid package for the Philippines due to "concerns around the rule of law and civil liberties."

Read: U.S. aid group defers PH grant over human rights concerns

"I understand that we have been stricken out of the Millennium Challenge (Corporation)? Well, good. I welcome it," he said upon arrival in Davao from state visits to Cambodia and Singapore.

Duterte said he can resort to China as an alternative source of funding. " China communicated to us. There giving us 50 billion [sic. currency not specified]. So what do I need America for? They did not look at us kindly; we have this huge problem," he said.

According to the President, the Philippines "can survive without American money."

"Prepare to leave the Philippines. Prepare for the eventual repeal or the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement."

He also questioned the purpose of U.S. troops in the Philippines under the Visiting Forces Agreement. "We (the Philippines) will never be ready to fight with China. It is you (the U.S.) who is egging a fight there. We will never fight with Russia — that's too far away. And besides, we are friends (with Russia)."

According to Duterte, Russia has approached the Philippines and offered what he said was a "buy one, take one" deal. He added that China has offered to donate arms to the Philippines. "China has been communicating with us everyday… they said the guns are ready. It's here; we want to give it to you."

'Bye-bye, America'

According to Duterte, his administration is "glad" that they are "free from proving anything to the United States."

"Bye-bye, America," Duterte said while waving his right hand in the air. "Work on the protocols that will eventually move you out of the Philippines.. If you can do this, so do it. It ain't a one-way traffic."

The President has accused the U.S. of interfering with the country's internal affairs.  He said the U.S. should raise its concerns on the state of human rights in the Philippines through proper channels, such as the United Nations. "When the report is there, you can call our attention and give us the right to be heard."

Duterte also mentioned that he has come to be "friends" with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "We're friends with Putin... Russia can be a very important ally. They do not insult people they do not interfere."

He also criticized the U.S. for administering the Philippines as its territory from 1898 to 1946.  "You stayed in my country for 50 years. You made us a colony. You lived on the fat of the land. How dare you say you will cut the assistance and aid. We do not need it. You owe the Philippines an apology for all the massacres, especially the Moro of Mindanao. P***** i** kayo. [Expletive you.] Kayo 'yung may utang sa amin. [You are the ones who owe us.] You sat on my land for fifty years; oppressed us for fifty years."

Duterte cited the 1901 Balangiga massacre in Samar during the Philippine-American War, where he said "all the male[s] above 10 (years old)" were killed.

Can Trump change Duterte's mind?

As the U.S. prepares to swear in President-elect Donald Trump in a little over a month, Duterte said he will "take the cue" from Trump and not from current U.S. President Barack Obama.

According to the President, Trump was "very nice" and "very courteous" during their phone conversation on December 3.

He said he will "reassess" the situation once Trump becomes U.S. President: "I will just wait. I will let Obama fade away."

He also praised new U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, whom he described as "very good" and "very courteous." Obama nominated Kim as Ambassador to the Philippines last May.

Duterte revealed that he rooted for Trump over Hillary Clinton during the U.S. presidential election. "In the liking of my character, it was really Trump all along… Because I like his mouth."

However, he clarified that he does not expect improvement in his relations with the U.S. under the Trump presidency. "Because if the world thinks that I did this, it would do you good to just investigate. An investigation - an impartial one - would do better than just one person backing you up."

The President said he "does not want to see foreign military troops" in Philippine soil, regardless of their nationality.