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Philippines’ Duterte tells Obama he never cursed him

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    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte steps out of his limousine upon arrival at Merdeka Palace to meet Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday.

JAKARTA, Indonesia >> Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he told President Barack Obama during their encounter in Laos that he never cursed him.

On a visit to Indonesia Friday, Duterte told the Filipino community there that he told Obama: “President Obama, I’m President Duterte. I never made that statement, check it out.”

He said that Obama responded: “‘My men will talk to you,’ and he replied ‘OK.’”

Duterte blamed the media for distorting his words, saying he did utter “son of a bitch” but it was not directed at Obama.

Before traveling to Laos for regional summits, Duterte said Monday that Obama should not question him about the rising death toll in his war on drugs, which has been criticized abroad and by Duterte’s opponents in the Philippines. More than 2,800 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since Duterte took office.

Asked how he would explain the killings to Obama, he said in a long answer that the Philippines has long ceased to be a colony of the United States and he ddid not have a master except the Filipino people.

“I do not care about him. Who is he?” Duterte said. “You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions and statements. Putang Ina, I will swear at you at that forum,” he added, using the Tagalog phrase for “son of a bitch.”

Obama then canceled a meeting with Duterte in Laos but the two met informally on Wednesday in a holding room before attending a gala dinner.

Duterte, who assumed the presidency in June, has had an uneasy relationship with the U.S., his country’s longtime treaty ally. He has said he is charting a foreign policy not dependent on the U.S., and has moved to reduce tensions with China over rival territorial claims.

He also said he showed a picture of an atrocity during the U.S. pacification campaign in the southern Philippines at the beginning of the last century at the East Asia Summit in Laos that included Obama, in order to stop criticism over human rights violations in the war on illegal drugs. The photograph showed about 200 dead Filipino Moros stacked in a common pit, with an American soldier holding a rifle while stepping on the breasts of a naked Moro woman.

He said he told the leaders, “This is human rights, what do you intend to do?” and “Human rights violations whether committed by Moses or Abraham, is still violation of human rights.”

The whole room was silent and he waited for Obama to respond but he remained quiet, Duterte said.

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  • So this little “weenie” got no balls after all. He needs to eat more black dogs to grow some, but then that does nothing to fill the empty space between his ears.

    • You’re the one with no balls. Actually I have a list of phrases that properly describes you. Ham wallet, oyster ditch, squish mitten, yippee bog, or fiddle cove. Choose wisely.

  • On Monday: “I do not care about him. Who is he?” Duterte said. “You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions and statements. Putang Ina, I will swear at you at that forum,” he added, using the Tagalog phrase for “son of a bitch.” On Friday: “President Obama, I’m President Duterte. I never made that statement, check it out.” Just like Trump. Even in the face of factual evidence he just denies, denies, denies.

  • I know a lot of Filipinos who either do not know that phrase or will not say it. Most of them do not have dirty mouths. Tata should have stuck a bar of soap in this guy’s mouth when Duerte was a kid. That or else a swat from a bamboo stick. It is pretty bad when someone calls the Pope that for everyone to hear.

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he told President Barack Obama during their encounter in Laos that he never cursed him……his credibility seems to be on the same footing as when President Clinton said” I did not have sex with that woman….or I never inhaled”….

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