- President Rodrigo Duterte cursed President Obama, among other heated statements, during a press briefing in Davao City before he leaves for the ASEAN Summit in Laos
- US President Barack Obama reacted to Duterte's statements during the closing of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China
- Obama remained calm, hoping that the two nations can have 'constructive, productive conversations' but remains firm on the 'need of due process' regarding Duterte's fight against drugs
President Rodrigo Duterte's recent statements have reached his target - US President Barack Obama.
During the closing of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, Obama responded to the tough-talking president's remarks.
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"I just heard about some of this, but I have seen some of those colorful statements in the past and so clearly he's a colorful guy," he started, "and what I'm instructing my team to do is to talk to their Philippine counterparts to find out is this in fact a time where we can have some constructive, productive conversations."
The US president noted in his speech that both countries are bonded through a treaty ally, and considered the Philippines is one of its 'closest friends'.
"But I always want to make sure that if I'm having a meeting that's actually productive and we're getting something done. We recognize the significant burden that the drug trade play is not just in the Philippines but around the world and fighting narco-trafficking is tough, but we will always assert the need to have due process and to engage in that fight against drugs in a way that's consistent with basic international norms," he ended.
Earlier today, President Duterte stated that he does not owe Obama an explanation on the extrajudicial killings and violations on human rights regarding his war against drugs.
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"You must be respectful. Do not throw away questions and statements. P ----- mo, murahin kita diyan sa forum na iyan. Huwag mo akong ganoonin. Tell that to everybody,” he argued.
(You must be respectful. Do not throw away questions and statement. You son of a bitch, I'll curse you in that forum. Do not do that to me. Tell that to everybody.)
Despite the vitriol he hurled at the American president, Duterte said that he is not going to pick a fight with him.
"There are a lot of you so much about extrajudicial killings then connect it with Obama. I do not want to pick a quarrel with Obama, but certainly I would not appear to be beholden to anybody… This is an independent country. Nobody has the right to lecture on me. God. Do not do it."
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These statements were said during a press briefing before he leaves for the ASEAN Summit in Laos, where he is expected to cross paths with Obama.