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Philippines' Duterte defends drug war, lashes out at Obama

Monday, September 05, 2016 - 01:06

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defends his drug war and lashes out at U.S. President Barack Obama, calling him a ''son of a whore'' in Filipino. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NOTE: QUALITY AS INCOMING ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday "plenty will be killed" before the end of his campaign against illegal drugs that has led to the death of about 2,400 people since he became president two months ago. Duterte is set to meet Barack Obama at a regional summit in Laos on Tuesday, although he has made it clear he will take no lecture on human rights from the U.S. president. "Plenty will be killed until the last pusher is out of the streets. Until the (last) drug manufacturer is killed we will continue," Duterte told reporters before leaving for Laos. Police say about 900 of those killed died in police operations, and the rest were "deaths under investigation", a term human rights activists say is a euphemism for vigilante and extrajudicial killings. Duterte, a former crime-busting mayor of southern Davao city, won the presidency in May promising to suppress crime and wipe out drugs and drug dealers. While his campaign has won popular support, the killings have alarmed rights groups and brought expressions of concern from the United States, a former colonial power and a close Philippine ally, and the United Nations. "I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony," Duterte said, when asked about his meeting with Obama. "I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. (IN FILIPINO) Son of a whore I will swear at you in that forum." He earlier lambasted the United Nations after it criticised the surge in killings and he turned down a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the summit in Laos. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defends his drug war and lashes out at U.S. President Barack Obama, calling him a "son of a whore" in Filipino. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Philippines' Duterte defends drug war, lashes out at Obama

Monday, September 05, 2016 - 01:06