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'Son of a whore' spat takes center stage at ASEAN

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>> A meeting of world leaders typically a lesson in diplomacy, but that wasn't the case of the ASEAN Summit in Laos on Tuesday. US President Barack Obama cancelling what would've been his first ever meeting with Rodrigo Duterte after the president of the Philippines described him as a son of a whore at a press briefing the night before.
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Reuters Amy Lefevre is at the Summit in Laos.>> The Duterte, Obama spat has pretty much dominated the last 12 hours of this regional Summit in Laos so far. It has certainly added some spice to what would've otherwise been a very dull start to the regional Summit.>> At the hearts of the incident, human rights, specifically the wave of killings in the Philippines since Duterte came to power declaring an all out war on drugs.
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Duterte is typically unapologetic with what he says, but even he seems to have realized that insulting the most powerful man on Earth is probably a bad idea.>> Not just moments ago Duterte's people did say that the president regretted his comments are causing so much controversy. Now, of course, that hasn't changed what has happened, Obama's first meeting with Duterte has now been put on hold.
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>> For his part, President Obama seemed to play the bigger person.>> So clearly he's a colorful guy.>> But he made it clear that he could never see eye-to-eye with Duterte on extra judicial killings.>> We recognize the significant burden that the drug trade plays but we will always assert the need to have due process.
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>> Questions are now surfacing over how big a diplomatic spat this could cause. The Philippines has been a key US ally in the dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea. Some suggesting that if ties were to fray between Washington and Manila the Philippines could end up forging stronger relations with China.