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FILE - In this April 29, 2016 file photo, presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte answers questions from the media in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine president-elect encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime and urged citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who would resist arrest and fight back in their neighborhoods. Duterte told a huge crowd celebrating his presidential victory late Saturday, June 4 in the southern city of Davao that Filipinos who would help him in the bloody war against criminality would be rewarded. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

Obama canceled his meeting with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte due to crude comment



The White House announced Monday that the president's upcoming meeting with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was canceled due to a crude comment made about Obama. 

Obama and Duterte were scheduled to meet Tuesday in Laos, where Obama stopped after attending the G-20 summit in China.

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes previously told the media that Obama would bring up alleged human rights violations in the Philippines during his meeting with Duterte. 

Duterte has been under intense scrutiny over the more than 2,000 suspected drug dealers and users who have been killed since he took office, according to CBS News. 

But the Philippine leader said if Obama questioned him about the killings he would swear at him.   

"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 said in a speech Monday. "Son of a b****, I will swear at you."

During his State of the Nation speech on July 25, Duterte called for an all-out war on drugs. 

"Double your efforts. Triple them, if need be. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars -- or below the ground, if they so wish," Duterte said

Obama now plans to meet with President Park Geun-hye of South Korea instead.

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