Philippines president to Obama: ‘I’m no American puppet’
President Obama had better think twice about raising the issue of Philippine extra-judicial killings, warned the country’s confrontational leader on Monday. The US president and his Philippines counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, were set to meet in Laos this week, where Obama is attending a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders.
White House officials previously said Obama would confront the Philippines President about his country’s handling of drug dealers, including extra-judicial killings, or government executions without the benefit of judicial proceedings or due process.
But the Filipino leader did not take kindly to that notion.”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 b****, I will swear at you.”