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Philippines' Duterte 'regrets' Obama remark

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) attends the plenary session the opening ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 6, 2016 - AFP

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) attends the plenary session the opening ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 6, 2016 - AFP

06/09/2016 14:45

(Vatican Radio) The recently elected President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has expressed regret after insulting US President Barack Obama with a crude expression – one that prompted the White House to cancel talks scheduled between the two leaders.

In the wake of the incident, the spokesman for the Duterte administration told reporters the President looks forward to “ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions,” according to an official statement released Tuesday.

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Obama had previously said he planned on confronting Duterte over his administration’s methods in their fight against drug traffickers – methods that have included a major increase in apparently  extra-judicial killings – as many as 2 thousand of them according to some estimates, since Duterte took office on June 30th.

06/09/2016 14:45