The president of the Phillipenes, Rodrigo Duterte, took the lowly tact of calling President Barack Obama a horribly disgusting name when asked about the pair’s imminent meeting in Laos.
At the heart of the matter is the Phillipenes drug war, and Duterte’s unsuccessful combating of it, as over 2,400 lives have been lost in the futile batter in the last two months. Duterte stated he would not be lectured by Obama on human rights when the pair meet, issuing the following edict:
You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum. We will be wallowing in the mud like pigs if you do that to me.
Duterte’s comments have made it all but impossible for Obama to actually meet with him, which may have been Duterte’s plan all along. He knows he has embarrassed himself on the world stage having lost so many citizens to the drug war in so short of a time, and he does not want to be held accountable. Obama took Duterte’s comments in stride and said the Phillippine president was a “colorful guy”, but began walking back the possibility of the two ever meeting. Obama said, “I always want to make sure if I’m having a meeting that it’s actually productive and we’re getting something done.” He went on to say, “The issue of how we approach fighting crime and drug trafficking is a serious one for all of us. We’ve got to do it the right way. Undoubtedly, if and when we have a meeting, this is something that’s going to be brought up. And my expectation, my hope is that it could be dealt with constructively.”
One should not hold their breath in waiting for the two world leaders to ever sit down for a face-to-face meeting.
Watch Duterte’s ugly comments below: