Did Duterte really ‘curse’ Obama? Netizen says president was misquoted by media

  • A netizen said Duterte never meant to disrespect Obama in his recent tirade
  • She blamed the international media for the poor translation of the words used by Duterte
  • The netizen insisted the expletive remark was not in reference to Obama

MANILA, Philippines – The latest tirade against the United States by President Rodrigo Duterte on the issue of war on drugs and extra-judicial killings has landed the Philippine leader on international headlines once again, but this time for allegedly insulting US President Barack Obama.

But did Duterte really intend it to be a personal insult against Obama? Well, one netizen, who once worked for ABS-CBN and GMA blamed the brouhaha on the poor translation of Duterte’s exact remark by international media.

In a viral Facebook post on Tuesday, September 6, Ethel Cantor Constantino insisted Duterte did not curse Obama.

“He was only addressing the Filipinos who are subservient to the USA. Obama was named because a Reuter reporter asked President Duterte if Obama will ask the question,” Constantino asserted.

In explaining her opinion, Constantino quoted Duterte’s exact words, verbatim, as: “I am a Pres. 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 question and statements. P*****g ina- mumurahin talaga kita diyan sa forum.”

Image capture of Constantino's Facebook post
Image capture of Constantino’s Facebook post

The last sentence, apparently, is what caused the controversy when international media translated it, rather loosely, as: “Son of a w***e, I will curse you in that forum.”

And so Obama became the ‘son of a w***e’ as per media reporting.

But according to Constantino, Duterte never cursed Obama in that remark; contrary to what the media has reported.

“What a big difference there is! If they could not translate and understand tagalog, these international News organization should hire someone credible to do that for them,” she said.

Duterte is known to use the curse word “P—-I” in his many speeches very often; especially when venting out anger or frustration.

Obviously, the expletive was meant to emphasize Duterte’s message that the Philippines, as a sovereign country, can no longer be forced to submit to foreign power, and that it was his passionate means of getting the message across.



  1. Precisely correct!
    Yan ang mahirap sa media dito sa atin, kaya nilang bigyan ng ibang angulo ang iyong mga salita lalo na’t public figure ka at hindi ka nila gusto.
    President Duterte was asked, KUNG SAKALING MAGTANONG si US President Obama about the war on drugs, ANO ANG ISASAGOT NIYA?
    And President Duterte gave his thought kung ano ang MAARI niyang isagot.
    At HINDI, I repeat, HINDI niya minura or ano pa man si US President Obama.

    • Sinabi rin niya “murahin ko siya sa forum na yan”.” Laban kami parang baboy”, or something like that. Then he dropped the line, “Who is he?” He said these after a reporter made a hypothesis that Obama would ask a question on human rights.
      Pres. Dutz has already apologized. Obama has cancelled the meeting, something unheard of for a new head of state.. We are in the news. Damage has been done.
      Best way to analyze Duterte’s statement is to be reminded that every pronoun has an antecedent. Sino ang tinutukoy niya sa mga pronoun na “niya” o “siya”.
      Duterte should know. It is not wise to curse in public when you are a head of state. And that saying an expletive and the name of another head of state in one sentence or a group of sentences is uncalled for.
      In other words, dapat siyang maging magioo, hindi bastos.

      • that is media fault, why would they keep on bringing up extra judicial killing. na para bang talagang yan ang magiging pag-uusapan ni Obama at duterte. bakit naman makikialam sila on how to run a country. instead focus on their own country’s problem not ours.

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