Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday blasted former President Barack Obama as “arrogant” and “black.”
Duterte derided Obama while criticizing his Western detractors who believe his government has cracked down too harshly on The Philippines’ illegal drug trade.
“These white people, those from [the European Union], the ignorant Americans, pretending to be, this Obama,” he said on the sidelines of a regional summit in Vietnam, according to The Philippine Star.
“You are so black and arrogant,” Duterte added of Obama. “[He] reprimanded me. Why you reprimand me? I’m the president of a country.”
“No matter how small, no matter how poor, don’t treat us like that. That’s why I said, ‘You son of [a] b---h. You can go to hell.’”
The Star reported that Duterte was addressing a Filipino community at the summit who applauded his remarks.
Duterte caused a stir in September 2016 when he used profanity to warn Obama not to question him about extrajudicial killings during a planned meeting in Laos.
“I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony,” he of Obama, who was then president, in Manilla.
“I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody,” Duterte continued.
“You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. [Or,] son of a b---h, I will swear at you in that forum.”
Obama then scrapped his planned meeting with Duterte, adding that he opposes government killings without any legal process or judicial proceeding.
“Fighting narco-trafficking is tough,” Obama told reporters on Sept. 5, 2016.
“But we will always assert the need to have due process and to engage in that fight against drugs in a way that’s consistent with basic international norms,” he continued.
“And so, undoubtedly, if and when we have a meeting, that this is something that’s going to be brought up, and my expectation, my hope is, is that it could be dealt with constructively.”
Obama ultimately met Duterte on Sept. 7, 2016 after the latter voiced remorse for his remarks about his American counterpart.