U.S. President Barack Obama has canceled his meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte. The official announcement was made a day after the Philippine president criticized the American president this Monday, September 5 on the issue of human rights violation, during his speech shortly before he left the country to attend the ASEAN Summit in Laos.
“President Obama will not be holding a bilateral meeting with President Duterte of the Philippines this afternoon. Instead, he will meet with President Park (Geun-hye) of the Republic of Korea (Tuesday, September 6) afternoon,” US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement, this early Tuesday, September 6.
Apparently, no reason was made on why the first Obama-Duterte meeting was canceled and why the schedule of President Obama has changed. Nevertheless, many people believed that the he was offended with the strong statements of President Duterte against him, particularly on the US interfering with the extrajudicial killings (EJK) in the Philippines.
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“Who is Obama to ask me that? I’ll tell you, ‘Who are you?’…I am the president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I only am answerable to the Filipino people who elected me as president.”President Duterte said in his speech, adding later that he does not want to pick a quarrel with President Obama on the human rights issue.
“Wala akong pakialam sa kanya (I don’t care about him). Who is he? When, as a matter of fact, at the turn of the century, before the Americans left the Philippines in the pacification campaign of the Moro in this island, there were about – 6 million ang population ng Moro (the Moros had a population of 6 million). How many died? Six hundred. Answer that question and give the apology, I will answer it,” The angry president added.
“Plenty will be killed until the last pusher is out of this place, until the drug manufacturer is killed…I don’t give a shit about anybody observing my behavior….”P**ang ina (Son of a b*tch), I will curse you in that forum,” Duterte noted, stressing out that there are extrajudicial killings every country, and that Obama should not question his style in fighting illegal drugs.
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As of posting, President Dutrerte has not yet commented on the cancellation of his meeting with President Obama. He has arrived in Laos, and has accepted the chairmanship of ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary during the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits. The president is set to meet fellow ASEAN members and other country leaders as well.