Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte insults US ambassador

Updated 2:40 AM EDT, Thu August 11, 2016
Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao City, in southern island of Mindanao on May 26, 2016. 
Explosive incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation's fast-growing population. / AFP / MANMAN DEJETO        (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao City, in southern island of Mindanao on May 26, 2016. Explosive incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation's fast-growing population. / AFP / MANMAN DEJETO (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Duterte is known for using offensive language

He previously criticized the Pope for the traffic problems caused by his visit to the Philippines

Editor’s Note: The following article contains language that some readers may find offensive.

(CNN) —  

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte called the US ambassador to his country a “gay son of a bitch” in a speech, prompting US diplomats to raise the issue with their Filipino counterparts in Washington.

Recounting Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the country, Duterte, speaking Tagalog, said that he was feuding with US Ambassador Philip Goldberg.

“I was with (incoming defense chief General) Delfin Lorenzana. We talked to Kerry, he was actually OK because I had a fight with his ambassador. I told him: ‘your ambassador is a gay son of a bitch.’”

“I was annoyed at him, for interfering in the elections, giving statements here and there. He wasn’t supposed to do that.”

Philippines gets its own Trump

He also called Kerry “crazy” and suggested that he “offend” him more to get more aid.

“Kerry came here, we had a meal, and he left me and Delfin $33 million. I said, OK, maybe we should offend them more, so this crazy will just give more money, just to make peace. So, it’s all about the money.”

Duterte’s comments came as he addressed troops at the country’s Armed Forces Central Command Headquarters on August 5.

US State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said the department had summoned the Filipino chargé d’affaires to “clarify” Duterte’s remarks.

“We have asked the Philippines chargé to come into the State Department to clarify those remarks,” she said at a briefing.

Goldberg has been the US ambassador to the Philippines since November 2013.

President known for straight talk

It’s the latest offensive remark from Duterte, a leader not known for his diplomacy.