President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regrets after his strong comments toward US President Obama that causes on-hold of their bilateral meeting which originally scheduled September 6, Tuesday.
The statement of President Duterte before his departure for the ASEAN Summit 2016 in Laos has resulted to controversies after the reports stating that US President Barack Obama would lecture him regarding issues on extrajudicial killings.
However, Duterte issued a statement to clarify the issues regarding his remarks last September 5, Monday, a day before the scheduled meet between the leaders of the Philippines and the United States.
“While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the US president,” statement released by President Duterte.
“We look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions, and working in mutually responsible ways for both countries,” He added.
Moreover, Duterte stated that the meeting between the United States and the Philippines had been mutually agreed to be moved to a later date.
Furthermore, despite being criticized due to issues of extrajudicial killings and tagged as a mastermind, he asserts to pursue and continue his campaign on drugs.
“Plenty will be killed until the last pusher is out of the streets. Until the (last) drug manufacturer is killed, we will continue,” Duterte said.
The president has assured that he will continue to suppress crime and eliminate drugs including drug dealers, he added that the deaths tagged as victims of summary executions are under investigation.