Obama reflects on implications of war in Laos

"As I said in China, we want to partner with the Philippines in the particular issue of narco-traffickers, which is a serious problem in the Philippines, in the United States and around the world".

"I'm very happy that it happened". "I can't say how long they met", Yasay, traveling with Duterte, told reporters shortly afterward.

Releasing the images, Duterte's government said they had evidence China was taking steps to begin dredging - a major escalation. [Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Images] It's been reported that the Philippines have always had a very positive view of the United States for decades, and that relations between the two countries is not only strong, but also exclusive and special with a majority of the county seeing the US favorably.

Duterte made the comment in reaction to Obama's promise to raise the issue of extrajudicial killing of drugs suspects in the Philippines at their scheduled meeting in Laos.

It was for this reason that the White House chose to cancel their scheduled meeting with their non-NATO ally, which was verified during a press conference - transcribed on the White House site - on Tuesday with Deputy National Secretary Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, in Laos.

"I did shake hands with President Duterte last night".

"In the last two days of our meetings, I have benefited immensely from our discussions and exchanges, providing me with insights on how best to build upon Lao PDR's efforts in community building".

Mr Obama and Mr Duterte are in the Laotian capital along with other regional leaders for the summit.

Presidential spokesman Martin Andanar said the throbbing headache would have made it hard for Mr Duterte to concentrate amid the overwhelming barrage of summitry.

White House aides said later that the two might bump into each other in the halls at the ASEAN summit instead, a bit of choreographed diplomatic theater that lowers the stakes for a possibly fraught encounter.

Referring to the remarks that Obama might have made on the questions of human rights, especially about the methods used in the fight against drug trafficking, Rodrigo Duterte had described Monday to the Media his USA counterpart as a "son of bitch".

Later in the speech, Obama said he believes that "nations are stronger and more successful when they uphold human rights".

In addition to the wave of violence, the nation has few drug rehabilitation centers capable of dealing with an influx of drug users hoping to get treatment since Duterte took office. Obama has endorsed Hillary Clinton and has said he plans to campaign full-force for the Democrat ahead of the November election. "Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum", Duterte told reporters when asked about his message for Obama.

Duterte expressed regret for his word choice the next day and thanked Obama, in a written statement, for the continued support of his country.

  • Jon Douglas