President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, and President Barack Obama informally met in a holding room on Wednesday prior to a regional summit dinner in Laos, U.S. News reports.
Obama previously canceled the meeting after Duterte's insensitive comments about him, but the informal meeting released some of the tension between the two.
Philippine Foreign Secretary, Perfecto Yasay, said "They met at the holding room and they were the last persons to leave the holding room. I can't say how long they met. It all springs from the fact the relationship between the Philippines and the United States is firm, very strong. And I'm very happy that it happened."
Duterte said he regrets calling President Barack Obama "son of a w****," according to The Daily Beast.
He said that his "strong comments" were his answers to questions from a journalist.
"We also regret it came across as a personal attack on the U.S. president," he said.
"I do not want to quarrel with the most powerful country on the planet," Duterte added.
National Security Council spokesman, Ned Price, announced that President Barack Obama will no longer be meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.
The two national leaders had arranged to meet in Laos as part of the United States president's diplomatic tour during which he is meeting with contentious world leaders.
According to Yahoo, Obama said, "Clearly [Duterte's] a colorful guy. What I've instructed my team to do is talk to their Philippine counterparts to find out is this in fact a time where we can have some constructive, productive conversations."
While the Philippines has historically remained an ally to the U.S., at present, the relations between the two countries haven't been running too smoothly since the onset of Duterte's presidency June 30.
The president of the Philippines is continuing his outrageous verbal insults, this time, he is attacking President Obama.
Rodrigo Duterte planned on meeting with the United States president in Laos and forewarned Obama not to question the extrajudicial killings due to the Philippine’s current war on drugs, The Guardian reports.
“You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a w****, I will curse you in that forum. We will be wallowing in the mud like pigs if you do that to me,” Duterte said to a reporter on Monday.
Duterte encouraged a war on drugs in his country, which led to 2,400 people dying from the incident, and the United Nations, diplomats, and human rights campaigners bashed him for inciting the war.
Obama and Duterte are supposed to meet on Tuesday, but after hearing about Duterte’s threatening remarks, the U.S. president is having doubts that the meeting will be useful.
“What I’ve instructed my team to do is talk to their Philippine counterparts to find out if this is in fact a time where we can have some constructive, productive conversations,” Obama said.
The U.S. president further explained his hesitation of the meeting and said, “Obviously, the Filipino people are some of our closest friends and allies and the Philippines is a treaty ally of ours. But I always want to make sure that If I’m having a meeting, that it’s actually productive and we’re getting something done.”
In the past, Duterte’s called Philip Goldberg, the US ambassador to the Philippines a “gay son of a whore,” he said the UN issued “s****ing statements about his anti-drug policies, and he threatened a Catholic church saying “don’t f*** with me.”
Duterte clearly isn’t concerned of the possible consequences for his verbal remarks on Obama after he said, “What is…repercussions? I don’t give a s*** to them.”
The president of the Philippines’ unnecessary comments proves him to be the Donald Trump of his country and instead of bringing his country and the U.S. together, he is risking tearing the U.S. and the Philippines’ relationship with each other apart.
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