U.S President Barack Obama canceled his meet with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, A White House spokesman, said after Duterte spilled out a word on Obama as a “son of a bitch.” This would have been the first meeting. Known for his campaign against illegal drugs and colorful remarks, Duterte used the term while reporters are witnessing on Monday. The abuse took place just a day before the planned meeting of Southeast Asian leaders for annual summits.
Appearing from the Group of 20 summits in Hangzhou, China, Obama aware of the insult. He told his attendants to speak with Philippine officials “to find out is this, in fact, a time where we can have some constructive, productive conversations,” hinting the cancellation of the meeting as planned. However, Filipino President had regretted his words and expressed his apology.
“I always want to make sure that if I’m having a meeting, that it’s productive, and we’re getting something done,” Obama spoke to reporters.
President of the U.S arrived in Vientiane Just before midnight on Monday, for the first visit by sitting Obama to Laos, where he wish to begin addressing the legacy of U.S. bombing during the Vietnam War.
The spokesman for the White House National Security Council, Ned Price, reported that Obama is planning to meet South Korean President Guen-Hye instead. It is expected the meeting would be held with an agenda to discuss the North Korea’s latest missile tests.
Setting the stage for a three-day meet with the regional leaders, Obama was scheduled to stress the importance he gave on Southeast Asia in his foreign and economic policy during two terms of his in-office which will end 20 Jan.
Spokesperson of White House reported earlier about Obama did not plan to punches on his concerns about human rights abuses in the Philippines, its treaty ally, when meeting Duterte.
Duterte promised to wipe out drugs, drug dealers and suppress crime after winning the presidency back in May. Least of 24,000 people were killed in 900 police operations against drug pushers since his charge on July 1.