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Obama Cancels Meeting with Filipino President Duterte

HeadlineSep 06, 2016

During his three-day trip to Laos, Obama was also slated to meet with the controversial president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. But Obama canceled this meeting after Duterte called President Obama a “son of a whore” and warned him not to ask about his so-called drug war, in which police and vigilantes have killed at least 2,400 people in only two months. This is Duterte.

President Rodrigo Duterte: “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. You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will swear at you in that forum.”

This comes as President Duterte declared an indefinite national state of emergency Monday after a bombing in the city of Davao killed 14 people on Friday. The declaration does not amount to martial law but does give the police and military sweeping powers. Militants from the group Abu Sayyaf have claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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