VIENTIANE, Laos – More than 3 months after first hitting the United Nations (UN), Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a gala dinner on Wednesday evening, September 7.
A handout photo shows Duterte shaking hands with Ban at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gala dinner in Vientiane, Laos, on Wednesday evening.
On June 2, even before he took office, Duterte criticized the UN for failing to solve the conflict in the Middle East and not helping the "black people" in Africa.
Referring to Duterte and Obama, DFA spokesman Charles Jose said, “I think na-iron out na ang kanilang differences.” (I think they have ironed out their differences.)
This happened two days after Duterte criticized Obama over Washington’s criticism of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.
Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.