Obama meets Philippine leader despite 'whore' insult

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Duterte called Obama "son of a bitch" and said he would not be lectured over extrajudicial killings in the Philippines' drug war.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Pefecto Yasay told reporters, "I am confirming that they met". I can't say how long they met. The exchange consisted of pleasantries between the two.

However Mr Obama cancelled a meeting with Mr Duterte scheduled for Tuesday because of the outburst.

Mr Duterte had insulted Mr Obama in response to the possibility of the United States president questioning him on the on-going drug war in the Philippines, the death toll of which has now exceeded 2,000 people. Do not just throw away questions and statements.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel in Vientiane, Laos, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, after attending the ASEAN Summit.

ASEAN CHAIRMAN President Rodrigo Duterte (left) accepts the gavel from Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong of Laos (right) during the closing ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

"I realize this raises tensions", Obama said as he met with ASEAN leader, referring to a recent global arbitration ruling against China on the maritime dispute.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte skipped meetings at the summit Thursday because of a migraine, his spokesman said.

Through the pictures, Najib said Duterte questioned the human rights bandied about by the United States while numerous people in Philippine were killed by the USA army.

Separately, Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Armand Balilo said Tuesday that the US had agreed to provide two C-23 Sherpa aircraft though its Excess Defense Articles program for delivery in December-the latest in a series of recent equipment transfers. "It all springs from the fact that the relationship between the Philippines and the United States is firm, very strong".

The Philippine president then "showed a picture of killings by the American soldiers", an Indonesian diplomat said.

During the president's stop in China for the Group of 20 summit, US and Chinese officials clashed on the airport tarmac over staff and press access issues.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, one of Duterte's close aides who joined the trip to Laos, said the brief meeting ended well and there was no talk about the spat.

At the top of that list is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation free trade deal Obama helped broker.

The U.S.is reportedly giving the Philippines two Sherpa 30-seater aircraft to boost the Philippines' coast guard capabilities as it attempts to counter China in the South China Sea.

Historically tempestuous ties between the Philippines and the U.S., its former colonial power, blossomed under Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino, who riled Beijing by challenging its territorial claims at an global tribunal.

"We need 28 more countries to ratify, accounting for a further 16 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, to bring this agreement into force", said the Secretary-General.