• PHILIPPINE LEADER SHOCKS EAST ASIA SUMMIT

    Duterte, Obama clash over drug war

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    ASEAN CHAIRMAN President Rodrigo Duterte (left) accepts the gavel from Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong of Laos (right) during the closing ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). Laos handed the Asean chairmanship to the Philippines in Vientiane on Thursday. AFP PHOTO BY YE AUNG THU

    ASEAN CHAIRMAN President Rodrigo Duterte (left) accepts the gavel from Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong of Laos (right) during the closing ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). Laos handed the Asean chairmanship to the Philippines in Vientiane on Thursday. AFP PHOTO BY YE AUNG THU

    VIENTIANE, Laos: US President Barack Obama urged President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday to conduct his anti-drug war “the right way,” as the pair clashed at a regional summit over the crackdown that has claimed 2,700 lives in the Philippines.

    The showdown was a fitting climax to a brutal few days of diplomacy that began with the famously acid-tongued Duterte’s expletive-laden outburst that forced the White House to cancel a bilateral meeting between the two leaders on Tuesday.

    After warnings from Duterte on Monday that he would not be lectured on his war on drugs—which is seeing police and shadowy assassins kill an average of 44 people a day—Obama urged the Philippine leader to respect the rule of law.

    “As despicable as these (crime) networks may be and as much damage as they do, it is important from our perspective to make sure that we do it the right way,” Obama told reporters when asked about his conversation with Duterte at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summits in Laos.

    “Because the consequences of when you do it the wrong way are innocent people get hurt and you have a bunch of unintended consequences that don’t solve the problem,” he said.

    Obama’s call came shortly after Duterte gave what diplomats said was a “fiery” address to leaders of the 18-nation East Asia group, including Obama.

    Veering off his prepared speech, Duterte launched into a tirade about US military killings in the Philippines when it was an American colony from 1898 to 1946, according to three diplomats AFP spoke with who were in the room.

    “The Philippine President showed a picture of the killings by American soldiers in the past and the President said: ‘This is my ancestor they killed. Why now we are talking about human rights,’” an Indonesian delegate said.

    The delegate described the atmosphere in the room as “quiet and shocked.”

    Another diplomat described the speech as “normal Duterte.”

    Duterte’s habit
    Obama on Thursday told reporters he did not take personally Duterte’s Monday tirade, when the latter used a Filipino expletive that has been widely translated by the international press to “son of a bitch” or “son of a whore.”

    “I don’t take these comments personally because it seems as if this is a phrase he’s used repeatedly including directed at the Pope and others,” he said in a news conference marking the end of his trip to Laos, adding that such choice words were “a habit, a way of speaking for him.”

    Duterte had branded Pope Francis, the US ambassador to Manila and the United Nations as “sons of whores,” and on Monday repeated the phrase after being asked in a news conference about Obama’s reported plan to discuss the human rights situation in the Philippines amid the government’s bloody campaign against drugs.
    Obama said the US won’t back off on its position against extralegal killings of drug suspects.

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    FIRST MEETING A hand out photo shows President Rodrigo Duterte shaking hands with UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gala dinner on Wednesday. The President had repeatedly slammed the UN for criticizing his bloody campaign against illegal drugs, at one time threatening to pull out the Philippines from the group. He later said that statement was a joke.

    Obama, Ban encounters
    Philippine officials said on Thursday Duterte and Obama shook hands, met briefly and patched things up before attending the Asean gala dinner Wednesday night.

    “They met at the holding room and they were the last people to leave the holding room. I can’t say how long they met,” Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., traveling with Duterte, told reporters shortly afterwards. “I’m very happy that it happened,” he added.

    Obama said of the meeting: “I did shake hands with President Duterte last night. It was not a long interaction. And what I indicated to him is that my team should be meeting with his and determine how we can move forward on a whole range of issues.”

    Charles Jose, spokesman of the Department of Foreign Affairs, told reporters in Laos the two leaders “ironed out their differences,” quoting Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza.

    Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, one of Duterte’s close aides who joined the trip to Laos, said the brief meeting ended well and there was no talk about the spat.

    In a statement, he said Duterte and Obama shared “a warm handshake [and]a good conversation.”
    “All’s well that ends well. You could see that there is an effort from both sides to patch things up,” Cayetano said.

    “In diplomacy, you do not usually go to the past and say, ‘Why did that happen?’ You can’t blame anyone. It won’t be productive. The Philippines and the US have a longstanding partnership [and]relationship. There will be bumps along the way… But it won’t hurt to have a popular President on our side,” he added.

    Duterte also met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Asean dinner on Wednesday. A Malacañang photo showed Duterte shaking hands with Ban.

    Duterte skipped the Asean-UN Summit with Ban Wednesday night, to pay a courtesy call on Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith.

    The President previously decided to forego a meeting with Ban at the sidelines of the Asean summits, which the Palace said was due to scheduling difficulties.

    Duterte had been angered by criticisms of his war on illegal drugs made by two UN rapporteurs.

    Seating arrangement

    SEATING ARRANGEMENT Contrary to a press release from Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte was not seated between US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the gala dinner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Wednesday night. Photo shows Duterte (center) beside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (right). AFP PHOTO BY NOEL CELIS

    SEATING ARRANGEMENT Contrary to a press release from Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte was not seated between US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the gala dinner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Wednesday night. Photo shows Duterte (center) beside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (right). AFP PHOTO BY NOEL CELIS

    Contrary to a widely reported press statement from Duterte aides, he did not get to sit between Obama and Ban during the Asean dinner.

    Instead, Duterte sat between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

    “The media from all over the world, including from the Philippines, are up in excitement as each await the event where the two leaders (Duterte and Obama) will possibly say something positive,” the statement said.

    Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Office, which released the statement, blamed the snafu on miscommunication.

    ‘Not feeling well’
    Duterte also skipped the Asean summits with the United States and India in Vientiane on Thursday, because he was not feeling well. Yasay represented Duterte.

    “He was not feeling well in the morning so he missed the two sessions,” Dureza said in a statement.

    “But he was able to attend the East Asia Summit with 18 world leaders and the rest of the day’s remaining schedule until departure for Indonesia early evening today (Thursday),” he added.

    Andanar told reporters Duterte had a migraine attack.

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    1. Obama and his team just downplayed things a bit, that is their usual strategy to hide their true intentions. Things are happening fast to try to overthrow Duterte from his seat using their arm in various branches. Same thing the US and other mid East nations trying to overthrow Syrian president Assad when they didn’t get their own way. So you see they hide behind false pretentions but actually they are under the influence and one with the globalists.

      • Why do you Philippino’s think that Duterte is ANY thing on the international stage? He does not rate a MENTION..nor does the Philippines…he is an UN influential leader of a third rate country with many many many problems and those problems are being increased by this fool. The USA and other weastern countries give MASSIVE amounts of aid in all areas of the Philippines..including education, food, clean water, building programs and throwing MONEY at the the Philippine geovernment fir THEM to choose how to spend it in oderder to elp the oridanry hilippino – but what happens is that MOST of the aid and the money is siphoned off to the politicians secret bank accounts….WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WENT to the Philippins aid in Tacloban and East Visay when typhoon Yolanda struck a couple of years ago? It shure the hell was NOT any Philippino unit, but US, Australia were the first two on the ground! China gave the equivalent aid of two Pizzas!

    2. Obama just downplayed things to hide their true intentions. Let’s wait on what will happen in the next days. If they will use the same tactics they had with that of Syrian President Assad to overthrow him because US and those other Middle East nations disn’t get what they wanted.

    3. Ignacio Balbutin on

      The international community should understand that there is no innocent people being killed, in fact crime rate goes down dramatically. Those being killed were those that fought it off with the police during buy bust operations. The drug lords also are killing drug addicts under them afraid that they will confess to the police who is their supplier. Filipinos love the way President Duterte is fighting against drugs, crime and corruption in the country. Truly Philippines is changing from the worst to be the best country in Asia and in months ahead Philippines will be a shining example of Asia

    4. Mr Duterte

      You know your country’s problems firsthand. You know how to solve them.
      Your approach maybe unprecedented, but it is only the foolproof method
      available in your hand now.

      Your are an excellent leader in solving the drug-related problems,
      gangsterism, prostitution and human trafficking in your country.

      Obama is really foolish in dispensing foolish advice to Manila.

      Perhaps his close association with some despicable criminal leaders in this region,
      made him think that Mr Duterte would also be subservient to him and America.

      Mr Duterte is not a criminal. He is a crime-buster.

      Mr Duterte called a spade a spade. That is Mr Duterte.

    5. This is the only time when a Filipino president did not bow his head in front of a US president. Nagulat lahat. Maghintay ngayon tayo kung kelan magkakaroon ng coup. Tuwang tuwa si Leni. Masayang masaya si Abad. Mukhang magkakaroon ng extension ang game ended ni Abnoy. Hay yellow turds. Will somebody please flush the toilet?

    6. Leodegardo Pruna on

      The writer of this report doesn’t know what she is writing. President Obama himself said that they (Obama and Duterte) shook each other when they met in the holding room and agreed that their teams should be given time to meet to work out when a possible productive meeting could be held between the two. Media tends to exaggerate statements and even very minor things to get a media mileage. There lies the confusion and misunderstanding. God bless the Philippines.

    7. But it won’t hurt to have a popular President on our side
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      Bet he is real popular with the lapdogs trying to gain his favor, not so much to the world leaders who most likely think Duterte is a child throwing a tantrum trying to justify the killings by saying citing events from 1898.
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      “The Philippine President showed a picture of the killings by American soldiers in the past and the President said: ‘This is my ancestor they killed. Why now we are talking about human rights,’” an Indonesian delegate said.

      The delegate described the atmosphere in the room as “quiet and shocked.”
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      Duterte was elected to office in a landslide this year after pledging to kill 100,000 people in an unprecedented war on crime.

      He vowed in the campaign that so many bodies would be dumped in Manila Bay that the fish there would grow fat from feeding on them.

      Duterte has also repeatedly promised to protect police from prosecution if they are charged over the deaths and insisted human rights cannot get in the way of his war.

      On the day he was sworn into office, June 30, Duterte urged people living in a Manila slum to kill drug addicts in their community.

      His handpicked police chief, Ronald dela Rosa, last month called for drug addicts to kill traffickers and burn down their homes.
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      Sounds like the rantings of a insane person.

      Good Luck.

    8. Can we survive 6 years of Duterte? Will our country progress morally and economically with Duterte ? It is either we sink or swim with him. I am very excited that finally there is a change in our country but is this a good change or a bad one ? Not all changes are good. In fairness Duterte is a lot better than Pinoy Aquino.