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Nobody calls Obama a ‘son of a whore’ — not even the president of the dang Philippines


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Pres. Duterte. (Davao Today / Flickr)

Before we tell you why Obama cancelled a meeting with the president of the Phillippines because that leader referred to him as a “son of a whore,” there are a few things you should know.

Primarily: President Rodrigo Duterte has lately been encouraging vigilantes to kill suspected drug dealers in the country, leading to the deaths of 2,400 people. The problem is so bad that 687,000 people have just turned themselves in because they’re so scared, and the government doesn’t even know what to do with them all.

Duterte is doubling down:

“Many will die, plenty will be killed, until the last pusher is out of the streets … until the [last] drug manufacturer is killed we will continue.”

OK so Obama flew to Laos to talk about what’s being called human rights abuses in the Philippines. And right before he came, Duterte said, “Putang ina, I will swear at you in that forum.” (“Putang ina,” take note!, means “son of a whore” in Tagalog.) Other people Duterte has called sons of whores include: the Pope.

Obama cancelled the meeting. Meanwhile, Duterte has pledged to continue his anti-drugs campaign.

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Nobody calls Obama a ‘son of a whore’ — not even the president of the dang Philippines

Brianna Snyder

Brianna has been working in media since 2005, when she left Westfield University in Massachusetts and became the listings editor at an alt-weekly in Hartford. Now, she's the senior editor at the Times Union Magazine Division in Albany, N.Y. She cares very much about news, Beyonce, the Internet, gin and tonic and that Vine of this one puppy who keeps falling asleep and smooshing his face on a pillow. Follow: @BriannaLSnyder or BriannaSnyder.com

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