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Lesson learned: Duterte says sorry for calling Obama ‘son of a whore’

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has apologized to former United States President Barack Obama, whom he called a “son of a bitch” in September 2016.

“It would be appropriate also to say, at this time, to Mr. Obama, I said, you are now a civilian, I am sorry for uttering those words,” Duterte said.

“Know it was just a plain talkatese like yours. We have learned our lessons very well,” he said in a speech during his meeting with overseas Filipino workers in Israel on Monday.

Duterte also said he has forgiven Obama who was critical of the government’s war on drugs. In 2016, the ex-American leader urged Duterte to implement the drug war “the right way.”

“I have forgiven you, just like ‘yung lahat ng mga girlfriends ko noong binata pa ako. Baka masuntok tayo diyan, tumahimik kayo. I have forgiven them also. Pinatawad ko na silang lahat,” the President said.

Duterte is now in the Middle Eastern nation for a four-day official visit.