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Philippines President Duterte regrets cursing Obama

President Duterte said his “strong comments” to certain questions by a reporter “elicited concern and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the U.S. President,” his spokesperson read out a statement
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A day after he called US President Obama a “son of a whore”, the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday expressed regret over his abusive remark.

President Duterte said his “strong comments” to certain questions by a reporter “elicited concern and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the U.S. President,” President’s spokesperson read out a statement.

Reacting to the Philippines President’s remark, POTUS Barack Obama also cancelled a meeting with Duterte.

Duterte made the remark while he was responding to the Obama’s promise to raise the issue of drug-related extra-judicial killings in the Philippines at their meeting.

The Philippines President made the remark on Monday before flying to Laos, where he will attend a regional summit.

He was scheduled to meet Obama separately, which the US President indicated that he was having second thoughts about that meeting. Duterte said both sides mutually agreed to postpone the meeting.

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

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