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Obama could "go to hell", Philippine leader Duterte says

Duterte, 71, won elections in May in a landslide after a campaign dominated by his pledge to eradicate drugs in society by killing tens of thousands of people. Photograph: (Getty)

Manila, NCR, Philippines Oct 05, 2016, 12.39 AM (IST)

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said that US President Barack Obama could "go to hell" as the United States had refused to sell weapons to his country.

"I will break up with America", he was reported as saying by Reuters.

At a speech in Manila, Duterte said that Russia and China had told him they could provide weapons to the country.

US officials said that they were "at odds" with the two countries' warm relationship.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that there has been no communication from the Philippines about making changes in that relationship.

On Sunday, Duterte said that he would review a US-Philippines Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement.

The 2004 deal grants US troops some access to Philippine bases, and allows them to set up storage facilities for maritime security and humanitarian and disaster response operations.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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