Duterte vs Barack Obama In A Remark About Filipino Sovereignty

By Tunde Olupitan

Latest news on the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, is of his calling USA President Barack Obama a son of a b***h. We can expect that Duterte’s comment against Obama, is only the opening shot in what promises to be a long running battle between the Philippines and Washington and its imperialist ambitions.


Duterte curses Obama in a remark about Filipino sovereignty telling Obama and the USA – “mind your own business”.

Latest Duterte news sees Duterte calling Obama a son of a b***h. An unstateman-like comment no doubt, but a comment which is a reminder of the frustration and indignation of leaders in emerging nations who often feel that after years of independence, they are accorded limited sovereignty over their own affairs and like vassal states are called upon to account to past colonial masters on matters relating to their internal policies. These are often colonial masters who have not been held to account for past and current misdeeds.

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About the Author

Tunde Olupitan is the Managing Editor Europe & Americas for The European Financial Review, The European Business Review and The European Law Review.


Rodrigo Duterte: “How many died? Six hundred. … Can he explain the 600,000 Moro massacred in this island?” Monday, September 5, 2016. Transcript lifted from http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/09/06/duterte-departure-for-asean-summit-speech.html
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