Philippines: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regrets after his obscenity-laden rant against the world’s most powerful person Obama. Philippines government has released two statements following close on the heels of the decision of White House to cancel the scheduled meet with US President Barack Obama. The Philippines gets into damage control operation as it’s trying to defuse the latest row with the United States.

The Philippines on Tuesday issued two statements expressing regret. The first statement released by the government says: “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.”

Duterte, who cursed Obama as a ‘son of a bitch’ on Monday, said in a statement through his spokesman that he regretted “it came across as a personal attack on the US President. We look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions,” the statement released on Tuesday read.

The Philippines on Tuesday issued two statements expressing regret. The first statement released by the government says: “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.”

The other statement reads: “He regrets that his remarks to the press have caused much controversy. He expressed his deep regard and affinity for President Obama and for the enduring partnership between our nations.

The other statement reads: “He regrets that his remarks to the press have caused much controversy. He expressed his deep regard and affinity for President Obama and for the enduring partnership between our nations.”

The proposed meeting, now cancelled, would have been the first since Duterte came into office on June 30. Obama arrived in Vientiane on Monday evening after participating in the G20 Summit in China’s city of Hangzhou. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is expressing regret after his obscenity-laden rant against President Barack Obama. Following this, the White House has canceled the scheduled bilateral talks between the two leaders.

Obama had said he planned to raise the issue in his first meeting with Duterte, but the Philippine leader insisted he was only listening to his own country’s people. You must be respectful, Duterte said of Obama. Do not just throw questions. Using the Tagalog phrase for son of a bitch, he said, Putang ina I will swear at you in that forum. He made the comment to reporters in Manilla

According to the media reports, the Philippines is in the midst of a brutal war on drugs sanctioned by the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte. It’s estimated that over 2,000 killings in a span of just two months.

Another story by BBC exposed the country’s dark underbelly of dealers and assassins through the story of one woman trapped in a chilling predicament. Women and students were encouraged by Police department to kill drug dealers and suppliers. Many unemployed women took it up for a living. “My first job was two years ago in this province nearby. I felt really scared and nervous because it was my first time,” says a contract lady killer. This highlights the prevailing situation in Philippines during the tenure of Rodrigo Duterte.

Source: Agencies