Obama made the right decision calling off meeting with Duterte, says US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

  • US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said US President Obama made the right decision cancelling his meeting with PH President Rodrigo Duterte
  • This is after Duterte made an inappropriate comment in response to Obama’s concern over the extra-judicial killings linked to his campaign against drugs
  • Clinton stressed mutual respect is needed for the long standing relationship of the two nations

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that United States President Barack Obama made the right call in cancelling his meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, after the latter called Obama a “son of a b**** [expletive]”.

“With respect to the Philippines, President Obama made exactly the right choice,” said Clinton as she was flying to Florida to campaign. “When you meet with anyone, ally or adversary, you come in with a list of issues that are important to be raised. You determine what they are.”

“On the other side, they determine what they want to raise. And clearly the president was going to raise concerns that are global, about what is going on in the Philippines with extrajudicial killings of alleged drug dealers, that is now somewhere up near 2,000 killings,” she added.

Clinton stressed the need for ties with the Philippines to be based on mutual respect, after the Philippine president raised worries about the future of the alliance between the two nations due to his inappropriate remark.

“When the president of the Philippines insulted our president, it was appropriate and a very low-key way to say: sorry, no meeting,” she said, as quoted in an article published by Reuters.

“And since then there’s been an apology and an expression of regret, which is appropriate,” she added. “We have a lot of ties between the United States and the Philippines. And I think it’s very important that we have a relationship, but there has to be a certain level of respect that is expected on both sides.”

Duterte made the expletive-laden comment regarding the US president while he was explaining that he would not be lectured over extrajudicial killings linked to his campaign against illegal drugs.

The Philippine president has already expressed regret over his remark and issued a statement, hoping to resolve the spat, as per an article published by ABS CBN News.

“While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress, we also regret that it came across as a personal on the US President,” he said in a statement

“Our primary intention is to chart an independent foreign policy while promoting closer ties with all nations, especially the US with which we have a had long standing partnership,” he said. “We look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions, and working in mutually responsible ways for both countries.”

The White House said Obama will be speaking with Duterte informally on a later date.