President Rodrigo Duterte bashed a reporter on Monday for asking him questions regarding the prospects of discussing human right issues with Obama.
”Who is he to ask me about human rights?” Duterte responded to the reporter.
The anticipated meeting between the two leaders will be at the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Vientiane, Laos.
President Duterte’s bloody war against drugs is drawing criticism from the US and United Nations alleging human rights violations and extrajudicial killings.
Speaking to the media before he left for the summit in Laos, Duterte insisted he would not take lectures from anyone on how to run his country.
”The Philippines is not a vassal state. We have long ceased to be a colony of the United States.”
”I am a President of a sovereign country and we have long ceased to be a colony. I don’t have any master. Except the Filipino people.”
President Duterte went ahead to mention the killing of unarmed black people and the cocaine problem in Hollywood as issues President Obama should address before discussing human rights in the Philippines.
He however said he is ready to discuss the issues on how to deal with terrorism and how to attain a drug-free region.
Duterte won the presidential election with a vow to eradicate drug traffickers and rehabilitating drug abusers or killing them.
Estimates suggest about 2,000 people have been killed in drug-related police actions since Duterte became President in June.
More than 600,000 addicts have also surrendered to police to start rehabilitation. President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to continue investing in the building of rehabilitation facilities to treat addiction.