"They met at the holding room and they were the last persons to leave the holding room. I can't say how long they met. It all springs from the fact the relationship between the Philippines and the United States is firm, very strong. The basis for this relationship is historical and both leaders realize this. And I'm very happy it happened."
The Pew Research Center shows that since 2013, the confidence the Philippines have in President Obama has risen from 84 percent to 94 percent in 2015.
One report published in 2013 by Time Magazine refers to the Philippines as one of the nations who view the U.S. positively in contrast with others over the outside world's view of the United States' foreign affairs.
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CBS News also reported that Duterte had "backed off" of the comment on Tuesday, through a statement which was read by his spokesman.
In Laos he spoke with reporters about his comment.
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"I do not want to quarrel with the most powerful country on the planet. Washington has been so liberal about criticizing human rights, human rights and human rights. How about you? I have so many questions also about human rights to ask you. So... people who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others."