Philippines' Duterte tells Obama he never cursed him

Philippines' Duterte tells Obama he never cursed him

Philippines' Duterte tells Obama he never cursed him

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay was quoted by the Associated Press as saying Obama and Duterte "met at the holding room and they were the last persons to leave the holding room".

Duterte delivered the insult in his native Tagalog tongue, just as he had with the statement about Obama, which he now claims he never made.

Duterte had said he'd potentially swear at and challenge his USA counterpart if Obama questioned him over his violent war against illegal drugs that has seen more than 2,400 suspects killed since the Philippine leader came to power.

"People start thinking behavior that in normal times we would consider completely unacceptable and outrageous becomes normalized", Obama said during a news conference at the tail end of his visit to Laos.

President Jokowi also expressed his appreciation to the Philippine government for guaranteeing security in the Sulu Sea.

During the NBC News "Commander-In-Chief Forum", Trump said that US generals were "reduced to rubble" under the Obama administration and that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been a better leader than Obama.

Duterte's spokesman, Martin Andanar, said the Philippine leader had a migraine. "[Son of a bitch, I'll curse you infront of everybody.] Tell that to everybody", Duterte said.

Mr. Duterte admitted uttering "son of a bitch", but said it was "not in relation to Obama".

Duterte spoke after Obama had delivered a speech that referred to human rights.

Obama declared last month that Trump was unqualified to succeed him as commander in chief, and reiterated his view Thursday.

"This is my ancestors being killed, so why now we are talking about human rights?"

Relations saw a spectacular setback this week when Mr. Duterte branded Obama a "son of a bitch" after being told the United States president planned to raise concerns about his war on drugs.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte link their hands during the ASEAN Plus Three summit in the ongoing 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and other related summits at the National Convention Center Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 in Vientiane, Laos.

Duterte had his outburst on Monday when he was defending his war on drugs that has killed at least 2,400 Filipinos.

Duterte has said the Philippines is in danger of becoming a "narco state", and eliminating drugs in society is the top priority of his administrations.

He said he told the leaders, "This is human rights, what do you intend to do?" and "Human rights violations whether committed by Moses or Abraham, is still violation of human rights".

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