Obama decided not to give the guy the time of day and personally, I don't blame him. I thought I'd never take Obama's side on any issue, but I do on this one. Gutter talk is never acceptable to aim at an American president.
National Security Council spokesman Ned Price tried to keep the incident on the down-low and gave no reason for the cancellation of the bilateral meeting, saying only that Obama will instead meet with President Park of South Korea.
Obama spoke at the G-20 summit in China on Monday and called Duterte's remarks "colorful" and told his staff to determine whether or not his planned meeting with the potty-mouth president would still be "productive."
Duterte said that he is a leader of a sovereign country and is only answerable to the Filipino people (if he chooses to be). A reporter asked him how he plans to explain why he has ordered the extrajudicial killings of over 2,000 suspected drug traffickers and users after he took office at the end of June.
In typical Duterte garbage-mouth style, he said: "I am a president of a sovereign state and we havel long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people [he kidded], nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina [son of a b**ch] I swear at you in that forum," he said.
Duterte has even cursed Pope Francis, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and cabbie who refused to pick him up before he was president.
Referring to Obama, Duterte said, "Who is he to confront me?" obviously forgetting that it was a reporter, not Obama who posed the possible question. Duterte added that the Philippines did not get an apology for misdeeds done during the U.S. colonization of the island.
The murderous Duterte also pointed out human rights problems in the United States in a feeble attempt to justify killing people without a trial, and said he was ready to defend his actions on the bloody crackdown.
Duterte said he would demand Obama allow him to first explain the context of his crackdown before discussing the deaths.
It's a good thing Barack Obama didn't grow up in the Philippines with his history of drug use.