• Obama scraps Duterte meeting

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    REGIONAL STAGE President Rodrigo Duterte (right) shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) as Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (center) passes by. Duterte attended the opening of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Vientiane, Laos on Tuesday. The gathering will see leaders of the 10 Asean members meet by themselves, then with leaders from the US, Japan, South Korea and China. AFP Photo

    REGIONAL STAGE President Rodrigo Duterte (right) shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) as Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (center) passes by. Duterte attended the opening of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Vientiane, Laos on Tuesday. The gathering will see leaders of the 10 Asean members meet by themselves, then with leaders from the US, Japan, South Korea and China. AFP Photo

    RELATIONS between Manila and Washington hit a snag on Tuesday after the White House canceled a meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Barack Obama that was supposed to take place on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) meeting in Laos.

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    In Washington, US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price announced the cancellation of the bilateral meeting and said Obama would instead meet South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

    Duterte had launched a fresh tirade against the US and Obama before leaving for the Asean summits on Monday, saying in a news conference the Philippines is not a US lapdog and it would be disrespectful of Obama to raise the issue of extrajudicial killings during their meeting.

    He questioned Obama’s right to challenge him on human rights and called the US President a “son of a whore,” in remarks widely reported by the international press.

    On Tuesday, Duterte issued a statement expressing regret over the outburst, while his aides downplayed the cancellation and appeared to blame the media for provoking the Philippine leader.

    “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,” Duterte said.

    The meeting “has been mutually agreed upon to be moved to a later date,” he said.

    Duterte reiterated that other countries should not interfere in Philippine affairs.

    “Our primary intention is to chart an independent foreign policy while promoting closer ties with all nations, especially the US with which we have had a long-standing partnership,” Duterte said.

    “We look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions, and working in mutually responsible ways for both countries,” he added.

    Thankful for support during G20
    Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte was also thankful for Obama’s “firm support for the Philippines during the G20” in connection with a maritime dispute with China.

    Andanar, who was with Duterte in Laos, noted that Obama had emphasized the need for China to abide by its obligation under international law, and “underscored the United States’ unwavering commitment to the security of its treaty allies.”

    In Manila, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the chief government caretaker in Duterte’s absence, claimed the President’s outburst won’t affect Philippines-US relations.

    “Duterte’s only message was that the Philippines has its own territory, let us address our problems in our own way,” he said in a radio interview.

    “We don’t meddle in your affairs. We are not your colony,” Medialdea added.

    In a separate statement on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said media reports that Obama would “lecture” Duterte on extrajudicial killings led to the latter’s “strong comments.”

    “The President looks forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions, and working in mutually responsible ways for both countries,” the DFA said.

    Addressing the rising number of deaths tied to Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, the DFA echoed the President’s belief that “the fight against illegal drugs, terrorists, crimes and poverty must be won in order to preserve the principle and values upon which our democratic way of life is anchored.”

    Reporter’s question
    Duterte’s latest tirade against the US came after his departure speech before flying to the Laotian capital of Vientiane from Davao City.

    He was replying to a question from an international wire agency on how he would respond if President Obama raised the issue of extrajudicial killings.

    Among many other statements, Duterte said of Obama: “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,” he said.

    Obama on Monday already hinted that the meeting won’t take place, when asked for a reaction to Duterte’s statements following the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China.

    “He’s a colorful guy,” Obama said on the eve of the scheduled face-to-face, before pointedly noting: “I always want to make sure if I’m having a meeting that it’s actually productive.”

    Obama acknowledged that fighting drug syndicates was serious and difficult, but said: “We’ve got to do it the right way.”

    The Duterte-Obama tiff is the second irritant to Philippines-US relations in the 10 weeks Duterte has been in power.

    On August 8, the Philippine charge d’affaires in Washington, Patrick Chuasoto, was summoned by the State department to explain Duterte’s remarks about outgoing US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, who had criticized the President during the election campaign.

    “As you know, I’m fighting with [US Secretary of State John Kerry’s] ambassador. His gay ambassador, the son of a whore. He pissed me off,” Duterte said.

    WITH AFP AND PNA

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    15 Comments

    1. PDU30 should learn Diplomacy 101 from the Lao leaders; they welcomed Pres. Obama with open arms even though US carpet bombed their country from 1964 to 1973, dropping 280 millions of cluster bombs and where 80 millions still unexploded (data according to the report of CNN dated September 6, 2016).

    2. Mariano Patalinjug on

      Yonkers, New York
      07 September 2016

      To preface my Comments, let me quote one critical paragraph in this article by Catherine S. Valente:

      “Addressing the rising number of deaths tied to Duterte’s campaign against
      illegal drugs, the DFA echoes the President’s belief that ‘the fight against
      illegal drugs, terrorists, crimes and poverty must be won IN ORDER TO
      PRESERVE THE PRINCIPLE AND VALUES UPON WHICH OUR DEMOCRATIC
      WAY OF LIFE IS ANCHORED.’: [Caps mine]

      Give me a break!

      Der Fuhrer Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal, blood-thirsty and megalomanic EXTRAJUDICIAL
      drive against illegal drugs, which has netted a reported total of 2,000 victims so
      far, enforced by his “Berdugo” [executioner] PNP chief General “Bato” Ronald
      dela Rosa, is clearly exactly the antithesis of a program “to preserve the principle
      and values upon which our democratic way of life is anchored.”

      It is in direct and blatant violation of the Constitution with its Bill of Rights, the Rule of Law, the Rules of Court, and even the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

      And that explains why President Obama and other world leaders are horrified no end and have expressed their
      misgivings and concerns about a leader who is turning out to be a tyrant.

      MARIANO PATALINJUG
      patalinjugmar@gmail.com
      illegal drugs

    3. Is Obama a son of a whore? Actually it’s all over the internet that he is the son of a black radical communist pornographer named Frank Marshal Davis his real biological father, and stripper mother Ann Dunham.

      But why waste words? Just settle this like men, Barack can defend his honor by challenging Digong to a duel.

    4. A big opportunity lost because of Duterte’s big mouth. Next time act like a President, not like a mayor.

    5. Ayon kay YASAY, pangkistang si PANELO, ANDANAR at iba …. “mas maganda pa nga raw ang epekto at naiPAPAKITA sa mundo na “INDEPENDENT FOREIGN policy” na raw ang Pilipinas sa ilalim ng rehiment DIGONG.

      ang NAKAKA-INTRIGANG TANONG ng marami, TOTOO at GENUINE ba ang ASTANG MAKABAYAN at pagiging SOCIALISTA ni DIGONG?

      ang alam ng mga tao, BANGUNGOT at ALL for show lamang…..hindi TOTOONG SOCIALIST, PEKENG MAKABAYAN at NAGPAPATULOY na COLONY ng US ang PILIPINAS..

      ang HAMON ng mga PILIPINO, kaya bang IBASURA ni DIGONG ang EDCA (The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement) sa pagitan ng US at PILIPINAS at ipa-CANCELL ni DIGONG ang mahigit $200.0 billion foreign debt ng PILIPINAS sa US..sa IMF-WB.?

      Kung magagawa ni DIGONG ang DALWAWANG PANUKALA.in three to six months period…maniniwala ang mga tao na HINDI nga BALIWat SIRA-ULOsi DIGONG..

      • he is just answering media questions that majority of the philippine general public want to hear. this is the filipinno nationalist pride at it’s best. the outcome might be bad in the western hemisphere but he will be glamorize in his on country like the david of the war between david and golaliah.

    6. Good job Mr. Pres. Duterte, we have been a slave by the Americans for a long long time. In Phils . we copy just about everything American.

    7. He needs to have his mouth washed out with soap! He has not helped his people with this kind of attitude; rather, he has hurt the Philippines

    8. Brilliant. At this rate, the Philippines soon won’t have any friends left. Please send du30 to charm school before it’s too late.

      • What are you talking about? Other world leaders call Obama, Bush Sr. and Jr. and Bill Clinton War Criminals which should be indicted in Hague. Even his own constituents does not respect Obama. By the way, have you heard or read any negative comments from other world leaders with regards to DU30 cursing? Not even US very close allies like France, UK and Germany has yet to criticize DU30. What does it mean? US deserves it because of their hubris.

      • I do not agree…he is giving his opinion or side of the issue, complete with “P…..I..”

        US President showed have known better. We are not a colony anymore. To a planned talk about EJK to a foreign sovereign, struggling against war on Drug or Lawlessness, is tantamount of a condescendence. Was President Obama consulted?

    9. President Duterte at masyadong mayabang na akala porke president siya ay akala niya president na siya ng buong mundo. Compare the IQ of Duterte and Obama and surely Duterte has a very low IQ. Obama is considered one of the smartest President of the U.S. and no way na patulan ni Obama ang isang sobrang yabang na Duterte na mababa ang IQ. Sa sobrang yabang ni Duterte ay palagay ko medaling matapos na termino niya.

    10. Hamilton Biscuit on

      So long, Manila. Good luck with Beijing. Write when you get work. And you’re welcome, btw, for all that Haiyan aid.

      – America