Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte poses a major and unpredictable challenge to the U.S

September 30, 2016 2:45 PM

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Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte poses a major and unpredictable challenge to the U.S

MANILA — If you could sum up the U.S. response to President Rodrigo Duterte in one phrase, in might be something like, “For real?”

Duterte swept to power in July, promising to ride a jet ski through the South China Sea and kill 100,000 criminals in six months. At his first big summit, he lashed out at President Obama, using a slang term that translates, roughly, as “son of a whore.”

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