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Duterte to Obama: Don't Question Me, 'Son of a B----'

POTUS may abandon their scheduled meeting
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 5, 2016 8:31 AM CDT
Duterte to Obama: Don't Question Me, 'Son of a B----'
In this Aug. 31, 2016, file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines.   (Bullit Marquez)

(Newser) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned President Obama on Monday not to question him about extrajudicial killings, or "son of a bitch I will swear at you" when they meet in Laos during a regional summit, reports the AP. More than 2,000 suspected drug pushers and users have been killed since Duterte launched a war on drugs after taking office on June 30. In his typical foul-mouthed style, Duterte said: "I am a president 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 questions. Putang ina I will swear at you in that forum," he said, using the Tagalog phrase for "son of a bitch."

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Obama, in China for the G-20, responded by saying he was having aides look into whether meeting with Duterte would still be productive, notes Politico. Duterte has earlier cursed Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It isn't clear whether Obama plans to raise the issue of extrajudicial killings with Duterte during a meeting on the sidelines of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. "Who is he to confront me?" Duterte said, adding that the Philippines had not received an apology for misdeeds committed during the US colonization of the Philippines. (Read more Rodrigo Duterte stories.)

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