President Rodrigo Duterte is sorry for his strong statements against US President Barack Obama. This comes a day after the Philippine president criticized the American president over the reported human rights violations in the US. Watch the video below as Presidential Spokesman Ernie Abella reads President Duterte’s apology letter to President Obama.
“The meeting between the United States and the Philippines has been mutually agreed upon to be moved to a later date.” Abella said in front the reporters in Laos this Tuesday, September 5 while reading the official statement of President Duterte regarding the cancellation of the supposed first Obama-Duterte bilateral meeting.
“While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the US President. Our primary intention is to chart an independent foreign policy while promoting ties with all nations, especially the US with which we have had a longstanding partnership.” He added.
“We look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priories and perceptions, and working in mutually responsible ways for both countries,” Abella said on the last part. A copy of the Duterte sorry letter is also posted at the official Facebook page of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, who is also in Laos with the presidential team.
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Last Monday in his speech shortly before leaving for Laos, President Duterte questioned President Obama as the US interferes with the reports of drug-related extra-judicial killings (EJK) in the Philippines. The tough-taking president stressed out that he will curse at Obama that if the latter will interfere with his style of fighting illegal drugs in the country.