Editor’s Picks 06 September 2016 at 2:59 GMT

White House cancels meeting after Philippines leader curses Obama

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte tore into President Obama with an obscenity on Monday, leading the White House to cancel an upcoming meeting with Duterte. White House officials previously said Obama would confront Duterte about his country's handling of drug dealers, including extrajudicial killings, which are government executions without the benefit of judicial proceedings. "Who does he think he is? I am no American puppet. I am the president of a sovereign country and I am not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people," Duterte scoffed in a speech Monday. "Son of a bitch, I will swear at you." Duterte made international headlines in April 2016 with his inflammatory comments on the 1989 rape and murder of an Australian missionary. Duterte also blamed the US for causing the unrest on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. "We inherited this problem from the United States," he said. "Why? Because they invaded this country and made us their subjugated people."
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