MANILA - The cancelled meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Barack Obama is just "temporary noise" and is unlikely to strain diplomatic ties in the long run, a former ambassador said Friday.
Obama called off the meeting after Duterte attacked him in a curse-filled rant. The Philippine leader said his US counterpart had no right to raise his bloody war on drugs. [CALLED OFF THE MEETING http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/05/16/obama-cancels-meeting-with-duterte-after-insult]
“There is other basis on the relationship between the Philippines and the United States. We have many common values and advocacies,” Marilyn Alarilla, a former Philippine ambassador to Laos and Turkey, told ANC's "Market Edge with Cathy Yang."
Obama said he did not take Duterte's cursing personally. The two had a short talk Wednesday night before the ASEAN gala dinner in Laos.
The Philippines is set to host the 50th anniversary of the regional grouping next year. The theme for next year's summit is "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World."
"The Philippines is in a very good position to advance the integration of ASEAN and to improve the initiatives," Alarilla said.