- Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo welcomed reports that President Duterte and US President Barack Obama have met
- Obama must have found out how amiable President Duterte is, Teo said
- Duterte recently got into a diplomatic mess after he cursed while discussing a would-be meeting with Obama
Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo has welcomed reports that President Duterte and US President Barack Obama have met personally and exchanged warm pleasantries in Laos.
“Mr. Obama must have found out for himself how amiable President Duterte is, one thing that I’ve known personally for many years in Davao City,” Teo said, as quoted in an article written by Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce of Manila Bulletin.
Teo hopes that the two leader’s chance encounter will boost the possibility of a more substantive meeting in the near future which could impact bilateral relations and Asian regional security.
Duterte recently got into a diplomatic mess after he cursed while discussing a would-be meeting with United States President Barack Obama, who reportedly planned to bring up human rights issues with him. The White House then canceled the two leaders’ supposed first meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Laos.
Teo, on the other hand, said that the Malacañang’s clarification that the President’s outburst was not personally directed to Obama but a “natural reaction” to a reporter’s hypothetical question should settle the issue.
Watch the report about President Rodrigo Duterte’s brief encounter with President Barrack Obama: