Obama Cancels Meeting with Duterte after “Son of Whore” comment


Barack Obama has cancelled a planned meeting with Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, the White House said, after the long-time called ally called Obama a “son of a whore” hours earlier, when vowing that he would not be lectured by the US president on human rights.

“There have been concerns of extrajudicial killings, sir, and you will meet leaders,” asked Jerome Morales, a reporter from Reuters, asked Duterte in a press conference. “Any line of communication that we have prepared to address this issue in front of other foreign leaders?”

To which Duterte replied:

 
 

“I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I don’t have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions. Putang ina, I will swear at you in that forum.”

The expression Putang ina literally translates to “mother is a whore”.

It was noted that this is one of Duterte’s often-used expressions, and may not have been meant for Obama. Duterte also once called the US ambassador to Manila a “son of a whore”

 
 

Too late

“President Obama will not be holding a bilateral meeting with President Duterte of the Philippines this afternoon,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said.

“Instead, he will meet with President Park (Geun-hye) of the Republic of Korea.”

Obama had been set for a showdown with firebrand Duterte on Tuesday as a regional summit gets underway in Asia. Aides said he wanted to discuss the South China Sea issue with Duterte –who needs American backing against China.

He kinda blew that.

Duterte also blamed the United States for causing the unrest on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao.
“As a matter of fact, we inherited this problem from the United States,” he said. “Why? Because they invaded this country and made us their subjugated people. Everybody has a terrible record of extrajudicial killing. Why make an issue about fighting crime?”
He added: “Look at the human rights of America along that line. The way they treat the migrants there.”

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