DENYING reports of the media, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said that President Rodrigo Duterte did not make world leaders "shocked and tensed" during a presentation he made in a meeting of the 18-nation East Asia Group in the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) meetings in Laos Thursday.

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Reports showed that Duterte's presentation of a picture of the killings perpetrated by American soldiers in the past resulted a stir among attendees including US President Barack Obama.

"This is my ancestor they killed. Why now we are talking about human rights," Duterte was quoted as saying during his presentation.

Sec. Yasay, however, did not confirm nor deny this but underscored that the meeting was held in closed door and thus he is not allowed to reveal everything that happened at the course of the meeting.

Yasay said though that everything that happened in the said meeting will be revealed in due time as they form part of public records.

Asked if Duterte's presentation indeed caused tension and shock among the delegates, Yasay said he could not really say for certain. 

Yasay confirmed though that President Obama was present during Duterte's presentation and did not give any reaction. He said though that both world leaders shook each other's hands after the presentation before Duterte hurriedly left for a bilateral meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Even before Thursday's incident, Duterte and Obama have already been in the spotlight after Duterte's outburst against the US President that led Obama to cancel his scheduled bilateral meeting with the Philippine president.

Obama described Duterte a "colorful guy" and said that he did not took it personally  when he was allegedly called a "son of a whore" by the Philippine president since it has become a habit of Duterte to curse. AJRSP with PR

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Yasay: not "tense and shocking" as reported Yasay: not "tense and shocking" as reported Reviewed by Kristian S. on 09 September Rating: 5

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