President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philppines is trying to get back in the good books of the American president, Barack Obama after a tirade in which he called Obama a son of a whore. He isn’t sorry that these words were spoken but rather that the US president took it as a personal attack.
The US and the Philippines have been allies for a long time but this is quickly changing because of the fact that Duterte has been flinging insults since he was elected to office on 30th June. The last raging set of insults that came on Monday happened right before a scheduled meeting was to take place between the leaders that was to be held in Laos during a regional summit. Obama got his own back by cancelling the talks that would’ve taken place on Tuesday and in doing this he got the hot under the collar, Duterte, quite worried.
This resulted in the latter expressing his regret. He recognized that his insults as response to questions from the press was what resulted in the cancellation but states that he regrets that it came across as a personal attack on President Obama as he said in a statement. The former prosecutor is in his 71 year but his tirade about not going to allow Obama to lecture him concerning his brutal war on crimes that involve drugs belies his age.
His stance on how to deal with drug crimes has seen 2400 individuals dead. He further said that Obama must be respectful and not just throw away statement and questions (whatever that may mean). It was after completion of these statements that he spewed the offensive remark further saying that he (Duterte) will curse the US president during the forum. This came after he was asked by the press what his message was for Obama.
Dutarte is fast becoming famous not for his amazing presidential skills but for his wild tongue especially with regards to rights. He said that there would be talks between him and Obama at a later time. His statement said that they intend on charting foreign policy and promoting better relations with all nations but especially the United States as they have had great relations in the past. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs also added that their president hold a deep regard for President Obama and the partnership that stood the test of time between the nations.
Although human rights groups, legislators, the United Nations and even the Catholic Church have spoken out against his drug purge, he refuses to change it saying the rampage against drugs will resume. He added matter of factly that he will not take orders from the US, that he didn’t care how the world perceived him and he couldn’t be bothered with people observing his behavior.
However, the pair did come face to face yesterday at an Asean summit gala dinner, though it was apparently a very brief meeting and they are said to have entered the venue seperately, with no interaction throughout the event.