Duterte regrets insulting Obama
A spat between the Filipino and American presidents has taken some of the attention off the summit’s agenda. Barack Obama cancelled what would have been his first meeting with Rodrigo Duterte after Duterte made profane insults against him. Now, a spokesperson says the Filipino president is expressing regret over the comments.
‐He regrets that his remarks to the press have caused much controversy. Duterte made the insult in a news conference Monday, before heading to the summit. I do not have any master except the Filipino people. Nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. He went on to say he would swear at Obama, using a vulgar expression in Tagalog.
The thorny issue between the two leaders is Duterte’s anti-drug campaign. He launched it after taking office in June. Police and suspected vigilantes have since killed more than 2,000 people alleged to have been drug dealers or users. Obama had said he would bring up his concerns over human rights at the meeting. Duterte said that have been rude. Duterte’s aides are trying to play down the consequences. They says their president looks forward to ironing out differences and working in mutually responsible ways. The Obama administration had considered the meeting important in dealing with Beijing’s increased maritime activities in the South China Sea. The Philippines is among the countries that dispute territory with China.
19 killed in Sagamihara knife attack
In the early morning of Tuesday, Satoshi is believed to have sneaked into the Tsukui Garden facility for the mentally disabled and began attacking its residents with a knife while they slept. After the attack Satoshi turned himself into the police and reportedly showed no remorse telling them “it would be better if the disabled disappeared.” In February, he sent letters to politicians with the same sentiment. He now faces 19 counts of murder and other charges connected to the dozens more he injured in the care center he had previously worked at. It is said to be Japan’s worst mass killing in recent years.