Watch: Duterte Slams Mexico in his Speech, in Front of Mexican Ambassador (Video)
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte slams the long-standing drug problems and related crimes in Mexico in his speech this Friday, April 8, 2016. Apparently, he did not realize that Mexican ambassador to the Philippines, Julio Camarena Villaseñor is among the audience, sitting almost in front of him. Watch Duterte speaking in the video below.
“Bakit, ikaw ba pupunta ng Mexico ngayon? (Why, are you going to Mexico now?) Could you enjoy going to Mexico with kidnappings and killings there? Drugs. Colombia. Everywhere, America,” Mayor Rody Duterte said at the SMX Convention Center, in front of the members of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies.
Shortly, the crowd started to laugh and Mayor Duterte was alerted that Julio Camarena Villaseñor was there, sitting just beside his running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. The camera was immediately focused on Mexican ambassador, who remained calm. The tough-talking presidentiable apologized and switched his tone.
“Yes, the ambassador is there, I’m sorry. But certainly, there are places in LA [Los Angeles] and in New York where you cannot go…Well, anyway, it could be Russia, it could be Egypt,” Duterte continued, and the crowd cheered. He then reminded the public on his promise to stop drugs and criminality in the entire Philippines, if elected president.
“Mexico is a safe country…Mexico receives over 38 million tourists a year. Mexico in 2013 and 2014 was the number one direct investor in the Philippines. We want to be known for all our work and cooperation with the country,” Ambassador Villaseñor tells reporter after the event, noting that Mexico is fighting drugs just like other countries.
On the other hand, Mayor Duterte, who also brought his campaign tour to Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa that day, told reporters that he has no regrets saying the problems of Mexico straight at the face of the Mexican ambassador. “It’s true. I was just talking factually…Why should I apologize? It’s in the newspapers every day,” He said.