>> Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte scrambling to defuse an ugly fight he picked with the US. Expressing regret for calling President Obama a son of a whore, prompting the US to scrap a bilateral meeting David Brunstrom is on the story.>> I think it's a little bit too early to say exactly how this is gonna play out.
But it is a highly unusual step for the President of the United States to cancel a meeting, especially with a treaty ally I think this is being looked upon really as quite a missed opportunity. This particular meeting would have been Obama's first with President Duterte comes at a time of particularly high tensions over the South China Sea.
And the Philippines really has been central to that issue.>> The rare public quarrel erupting over Duterte's concerns that Obama would quote, lecture him on over 2,000 extrajudicial killings in the Philippines since he took office vowing a war on drug trafficking. The Philippines government said in his statement, he regrets that his remarks to the press have cost much controversy.
>> They give us Philippine a line is important to both sides. The Philippines relies to a very large extent on US security guarantee.>> A US spokesman traveling with Obama saying, quote, words matter, and we want to see an atmosphere that is cordial and open to strong cooperation.
The tiff between the two leaders overshadowing the summit of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, where Obama was hoping to form a united front with his Asian partners to counter the rising influence of China.