By Will Worley:Independent
Leader insists he is answerable only to the Filipino people.
Controversial Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has labelled US counterpart Barack Obama a “son of a bitch” and warned him not to question his policy of extrajudicial killings.
Since gaining power in June, Mr Duterte has engaged in a vicious war on drugs, which has seen around 2,400 people killed with impunity by hit squads, drawing international criticism.
But before heading to Laos for the ASEAN Summit on Monday, Mr Duterte said he was a leader of a sovereign country and answerable only to the Filipino people.
He said Mr Obama should be respectful and refrain from throwing questions at him about the killings, “[or] son of a bitch, I will swear at you in that forum.”
Mr Duterte was answering a reporter’s question about how he intends to explain recent events in the Philippines to Mr Obama.
He continued: “Who is he to confront me? As a matter of fact, America has one too many to answer for.
“Everybody has a terrible record of extrajudicial killings.”
The strongman president made his name as a tough law enforcer and has advocated the killing of drug users and suppliers, offering his protection to police officers who do his bidding.