Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Warns Obama Not to Ask About Killings

September 5, 2016 8:34 PM

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Warns Obama Not to Ask About Killings

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines used an expletive to warn President Obama on Monday not to ask him about extrajudicial killings, raising questions about whether the two leaders would meet at an Asian summit meeting this week as planned.

“I am a president of a sovereign state, and we have long ceased to be a colony,” Mr. Duterte told reporters before he left his country for Laos, where he and Mr. Obama will attend the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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