Philippines President Calls Obama ‘Son of Whore’ While Obama Calls him ‘Colorful’


Well, there’s diplomacy and then there is Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who called Barack Obama a “son of a whore” on Monday –vowing that he won’t be lectured to on human rights when they meet in Laos and that his country “long ago ceased to be a colony.”

The harsh words were in response when was asked by the Philippine media whether he would face questioning by Obama over his war against drugs that has allegedly claimed more than 2,400 lives in just over two months.

“You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum,” Duterte told reporters shortly before flying to Laos to attend the summit. “We will be wallowing in the mud like pigs if you do that to me.”

 
 

Obama responds

Shortly after Duterte spoke, Obama called Duterte a “colorful guy” and appeared to place doubt on whether such a meeting would now even me useful.

“I have seen some of those colorful statements in the past. Clearly he’s a colorful guy,” Obama said. “Obviously the Filipino people are some of our closest friends and allies, the Philippines is a treaty ally of ours, but I always want to make sure if I’m having a meeting that it’s actually productive and we’re getting something done.”

Duterte, who was elected in May on platform promising to rid the country of drugs and crime, is known for having a acidic speaking style and an uncompromising approach to politics.

 
 

Official figures released over the weekend show that, since Duterte took office on June 30, over 2,400 people have been killed in police anti-drug operations and by suspected vigilantes with no due process.

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