MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It didn’t take long before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the newly-installed president of the United States.
In his first public comment regarding Donald Trump, Duterte said that the 45th U.S. president is a “copycat.”
Duterte’s criticism stemmed from Trump’s gesture following his inaugural speech where, instead of waving to the crowd, he raised his right hand with a clenched fist.
The clenched fist has been the trademark of Duterte’s ascendancy to the Philippine presidency. It is his and his supporters’ signature gesture representing the power of the Filipino people who overwhelmingly elected the former mayor to the highest position in the land.
“He could have used the ‘Nazi salute’ instead of mimicking my trademark gesture. He’s a real son-of-a whore with no originality,” Duterte said of Trump.