Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at the country's central bank on Thursday, telling its governor "I will give you a whack" and threatening criminal charges against the country's anti-money laundering body for supporting graft.
Duterte vented his fury during a speech announcing next year's 3.35 trillion pesos ($67 billion) state budget and accused the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) of failing to support his war on drugs by tracking the flow of drug money.
The maverick former mayor was in the middle of an unusually placid speech ahead of the holiday period, but became angry when he mentioned his crackdown on drugs and said those who should be chasing the money trail were all politicized and tainted.
He took aim at the AMLC, which is chaired by respected Bangko Sentral Governor Amando Tetangco, whom Duterte has been urging to extend his tenure beyond the 12 years he soon will have served.
"I am going to charge all of you there criminally ... and count 1-2-3 and if you don't resign I will treat you as drug addicts," he said of the AMLC.
"The reason why you were put there is because you have a job to do. If you cannot know your job get out from that office."
He added: "You guys there are all corrupt. You better watch out. I will bring you down. Tetangco is about to retire, better prepare there, I will give you a whack."