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Obama 'doesn't take Duterte's comments personally'

Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 00:42

U.S. President Barack Obama says he doesn't take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte calling him a ''son of a bitch'' personally. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday (September 8) he had indicated to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that their teams should meet and that he did not take earlier comments from Duterte personally. Duterte had bristled repeatedly at criticism over his "war on drugs", which has killed about 2,400 people since he took office two months ago, and on Monday (September 5) said it would be "rude" for Obama to raise the question of human rights when they met. Such a conversation, Duterte told reporters, would prompt him to curse at Obama, using a Filipino phrase "putang ina" which can mean "son of a bitch" or "son of a whore". The comment prompted Washington to call off a bilateral meeting at a summit of East and Southeast Asian nations in Vientiane, Laos. Duterte sought to defuse the row, voicing regret for his comment. He has previously used the epithet against Pope Francis and the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines.

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Obama 'doesn't take Duterte's comments personally'

Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 00:42