Duterte to US Congress: Clean your own backyard first

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte scratches his head during his speech at the ceremonial turnover to the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila Philippines Tuesday

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit back on Friday at U.S. lawmakers opposed to the prospect of his visiting the White House, saying he would never go to the United States, which he called a "lousy" country.

"I think it is important for members of Congress in a bipartisan way to make our concerns known loudly and clearly", he added.

Duterte's spokesman said Trump had told his Philippine counterpart he was doing a "great job".

But his charge against the United States is also a response to a hearing organised on the eve by a Commission of human rights in the u.s. Congress about the war, that it delivers to the traffickers.

"There will never be a time that I will go to America during my term, or even thereafter", said Duterte, who has made no secret of his grudge against the United States, his country's oldest ally.

Speier's California district is home to the largest Filipino community in the continental US, and she said she has heard "increasing concerns" from constituents "appalled" by alleged human rights violations in the Philippines.

News of the invitation sparked widespread condemnation from human rights advocates, who pointed to Duterte's well-documented practice of extrajudicial killings of drug dealers and addicts. "I will start with your past sins", he said, adding he plans to dig up archives of photographs of U.S. atrocities during their attempt to conquer Mindanao several decades ago.

In a chance interview in Lanang, Davao City, the President slammed the US' congressional body for conducting an inquiry on his war on illicit drug trade while it is also confronted with several issues, which he said breaches laws of humanity.

Congressman McGovern said it was a mistake to invite Duterte. "I've seen America and it's lousy". American troops killed more than 600 Moro people as they tried to take control of Mindanao, home to the country's Muslims.

"Explain to me why a hospital was bombed with all the technology and children and the patients being killed before you start to investigate me", he added.

"So I will start the investigation also. Why?"

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