Obama Cancels Meeting After Philippines President Curses Him

The president of the Philippines, who was scheduled to face criticism Tuesday from President Barack Obama for his controversial “war on drugs” that has resulted in open season on suspected drug dealers, on Monday lashed out at Obama and called him a “son of a whore.”

Afterward, U.S. officials announced that Obama no longer had any plans to meet with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte took office June 30 and promised a war on drugs that would wipe out drug dealing in the island nation. As a result, more than 2,000 suspected drug dealers have been killed, often without any form of judicial process.

“Double your efforts. Triple them, if need be. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars — or below the ground, if they so wish,” Duterte said in July.

His tactics have raised eyebrows, and were expected to be a subject of conversation on Tuesday between Duterte and Obama at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference, which both are attending.

However, before he left Manila for Laos, where the conference is held, Duterte became enraged when a reporter asked him how he planned to explain the killings to Obama.

“Who does he think he is? I am no American puppet. I am a president of a sovereign state, and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody,” he said.

“You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina I will swear at you in that forum,” he said, using the Tagalog phrase translated literally as “son of a whore” and colloquially as “son of a b—-.”

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Duterte, whose combative and abrasive style has seen him curse out other world leaders including Pope Francis, suggested Obama has no right to ask about internal Philippine affairs.

“Who is he to confront me?” Duterte said, adding that the Philippines had not received an apology for misdeeds committed during the U.S. colonization of the Philippines.

He linked his current problems with American misdeeds dating back to the war fought at the turn of the 20th century against Moro insurgents on the southern 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 extra-judicial 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.”

Obama indicated during a news conference he was focused on whether any meeting would be productive.

“I always want to make sure if I’m having a meeting that it’s productive and we’re getting something done,” he said.

“If and when we have a meeting, this is something that is going to be brought up,” Obama said, referring to Duterte’s war on drug dealers.

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