The two Presidents had some high-school worthy back and forth drama.Ivana Lucic 07 September 2016 12:20
Brilio.net - President Duterte of the Philippines isn’t one to be politically correct. After all, he's the man encouraging civilians to openly murder drug dealers. But calling the President of the United States a “son of a bitch” will probably step on some toes, and end up in cancelled lunch dates.
Let’s back up this high school drama and retell the story, in the proper light it deserves - through GIFs.
Obama arrived in Laos from China, where he had a scheduled meeting with Duterte for the afternoon of September 6th.
The Philippine President however warned him not to mention the extrajudicial killings that Duterte has encouraged is civilians to do in response to the rampant drug abuse in the country. “I am a president of a sovereign state, and we have long ceased to be a colony,” Mr. Duterte told reporters before he left his country.
Obama however, had different things on his mind. "If and when we have a meeting, this is something that is going to be brought up," Obama said.
Duterte didn’t like that. And then decided to go off on Obama. "As a matter of fact, we inherited this problem from the United States," he said. "Why? Because they invaded this country and made us their subjugated people. Everybody has a terrible record of extrajudicial killing. Why make an issue about fighting crime?" He added: "Look at the human rights of America along that line. The way they treat the migrants there."
While those are pretty heated comments, Duterte didn’t stop there and went from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye. "Who does he think he is? I am no American puppet. I am the president of a sovereign country and I am not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people," Duterte scoffed in a speech Monday. "Son of a bitch, I will swear at you."
Obama went ice cold.
“Clearly, he’s a colorful guy. I always want to make sure if I'm having a meeting that it's productive and we're getting something done," Obama said during a news conference.
And then proceeded to cancel the meeting.
To which President Rodrigo Duterte said ‘my bad.’ Not literally, but in a statement he said he regrets that the earlier comments “came across as a personal attacks” against Obama. Duterte's latest statement says both sides have agreed to move the meeting to a later date. "We look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions," the statement reads.
So here’s a word of advice to the hot headed: it’s usually best to bite your tongue before you make a fool of yourself.