Duterte Regrets Statement Against Obama
Ringo | On 06, Sep 2016
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte regretted his words against Barack Obama his American counterpart.
“While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the US President,” said Duterte via a statement that was being read by Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.
The remarks, which are considered vulgar words in the Philippines, was issued before Duterte left Laos after the ASEAN Summit. It is also considered the cause of the cancellation of the two leaders’ meeting.
Duterte said the cancellation were mutual.
“The meeting between United States and the Philippines has been mutually agreed upon to be moved to a later date,” Duterte added.
In the statement, Duterte also noted that there are some reports on extrajudicial killings that triggered his emotions.
“President Duterte explained that the press reports that President Obama would lecture him on extrajudicial killings led to his strong comments, which in turn elicited concern. He regrets remarks to the press have caused much controversy,” the statement also reads.
The statement added that the administration has the intention “to chart an independent foreign policy while promoting closer ties with all nations, especially the US.” It also hoped to solve the conflics.
“We look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions, and working in mutually responsible ways for both countries.”