• US President Obama canceled his scheduled meeting with President Duterte
• US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price announced the cancellation of the meeting
• Obama instead will meet with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye
American President Barack Obama has called off what could have been his first face-to-face meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter threatened to curse him if he would bring up the issue of extrajudicial killings and human rights violations amid the Philippine government’s war on drugs during the meeting.
The United States National Security Council spokesman Ned Price announced that the two leaders’ meeting will not push through. Obama instead will meet with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye.
“President Obama will not be holding a bilateral meeting with President Duterte of the Philippines this afternoon,” Ned Price said.
Earlier, at a press conference before boarding his plane to Vientiane, Laos for the ASEAN Summit, President Duterte said it would be rude for President Obama to raise the issue of human rights during their meeting and threatened to call the American president “son of a b****h” if he will do so.
“You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions,” Duterte said.
Using the Tagalog phrase for son of a b***h, he said, “P****g i**” I will swear at you in that forum.”
As per an article from The Guardian, after President Duterte’s remarks reached Obama’s camp, the US president instructed his staff to find out if holding a meeting with Duterte would be productive.
“Clearly he’s a colorful guy. What I’ve instructed my team to do is to talk to their Philippine counterparts to find out, is if this in fact a time where we can have some constructive, productive conversations,” Obama said.