A year under Duterte: Curses and insults


The beginning of his presidency was supposed to mark the end of his cursing. A month before he took oath, President Duterte had imposed upon himself a deadline to get rid of gutter language. Many were hopeful when he promised there’d be “no more p*t*ng *n*s” when he assumed office.

Or so he said. Turns out, even the heavens couldn’t stop him from launching foul speech against his fiercest critics, world leaders, the Church, the media, human rights defenders, and just whoever he finds “ugly.”

We bring you an updated and ever-growing list of the president’s curses and insults during his first year in office.

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