WASHINGTON, Sept 6 President Barack Obama's
planned meeting with his Philippine counterpart was canceled
because the tone of the Philippine leader's rhetoric raised
questions about the chances for a productive talks, the U.S.
State Department said on Tuesday.
"Words matter, and we want to see an atmosphere that is
cordial and open to strong cooperation," State Department
spokesman Mark Toner said after President Rodrigo Duterte called
Obama a "son of a bitch" and said he would not be lectured over
extrajudicial killings in the Philippines' drug war.
Duterte later voiced regret for his language. The two had
been scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in
(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by David Alexander;
Editing by Eric Walsh)