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President Barack Obama met informally Wednesday with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, various media report.

The two presidents are in the Laotian capital along with other regional leaders for the ASEAN Summit.

"I'm very happy that it happened", Philippines' foreign minister, Perfecto Yasay, said of their short meeting.

He insisted his remarks were not directed at Obama but at the US State Department, which has raised concerns over potential human rights violations in Duterte's anti-crime campaign which has left nearly 3,000 dead in just over two months.

"Check it out. Check it out", Duterte recalled telling Obama in a holding room.

"As far as Mr. Trump, I think I've already offered my opinion", Obama said.

But Obama ended up exchanging pleasantries with Duterte on the summit's sidelines.

On Monday, Duterte had said that he would not take any question from Obama regarding the extrajudicial killings in Philippines, which have occurred ever since he won the presidential elections in June. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions and statements. "Putang ina, I will curse you in that forum", Mr. Duterte told reporters, using the Filipino phrase for "son of a bitch", Duterte said after flying to Laos.

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On Tuesday Duterte expressed regret over the remarks, but the White House canceled the formal meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

- "More will be killed" - ========================= Duterte was elected to office in a landslide this year after pledging to kill 100,000 people in an unprecedented war on crime.

Presidential spokesman Martin Andanar said Thursday that the throbbing headache would have made it hard for Duterte to concentrate amid the overwhelming barrage of summitry.

But the president also has staunch support at home for his hardline position on drugs.

"Let me tell you about human rights", the diplomat quoted Duterte as saying while displaying a picture of Filipinos killed by American soldiers about a century ago.

Obama was also asked to respond to Trump's comment in a televised forum that Vladimir Putin is a stronger leader for Russian Federation than he's been for the United States.

Obama said both of their governments should work together to advance relations between their two countries.

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