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Barack Obama cancels meeting after Philippines president calls him ‘son of a whore’

Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with the president of the Philippines after Rodrigo Duterte appeared to call him a “son of a whore”.

Diplomatic tensions between the Philippines and the US have risen after Rodrigo Duterte called Barack Obama the ‘son of a whore’ in a press conference on Monday, ahead of a regional summit in Laos. This video reports the fall out over the issue of US criticism of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines’ bloody drug war, and how the two presidents have responded.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=61vIzt-n8uM

The move followed a warning from Duterte to the US president to keep off the subject of extrajudicial killings in his country’s brutal drug war when they were due to meet on Tuesday at a regional summit in Laos. Duterte told a press conference that Obama “must be respectful”.

The firebrand president was answering a reporter’s question about how he intended to explain the extrajudicial killings to Obama, before boarding a plane to Laos for the Association of South-east Asian Nations summit.

“You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum,” Duterte was quoted by as saying by Agence-France Presse. “We will be wallowing in the mud like pigs if you do that to me.”

When his comments reached the Obama camp, the US president initially said he was asking his staff to find out whether holding the meeting as scheduled would be useful. HaTTiP