Duterte: I never cursed Obama

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — He may have cursed a lot, but President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday clarified none of it was directed at U.S. President Barack Obama.

Speaking before hundreds of Filipinos in Jakarta, Indonesia, Duterte said he "never made any reference to Obama" in his speech before leaving for Vientiane, Laos Monday to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

Duterte said he cleared the air when he briefly met Obama before attending the ASEAN gala dinner Wednesday.

"President Obama, I'm President Duterte. I never made that statement. Check it out. Check it out," Duterte recalled telling Obama in a holding room.

"You can review the tape," Duterte urged.

FULL TEXT: President Rodrigo Duterte's departure speech (ASEAN Summit)

Duterte, who is known for his tough talk, blamed the media for spinning stories.

At Monday's press conference in Davao City, Duterte was asked by a reporter what he would tell Obama who was expected to raise the issue of extrajudicial killings linked to the administration's drug war.

"Wala akong pakialam sa kanya. Who is he? [I don't care about him. Who is he?]," Duterte said. "I am not beholden to anybody."

"I am a President of a sovereign state.  And we have long ceased to be a colony of the United States," Duterte added.

Without mentioning names, he warned against anyone bringing up the issue of summary killings in the ASEAN summits.

And that's when he cursed.

"You must be respectful. You must not just throw away questions. P*t*ng i*a, mumurahin kita dyan. [Son of a bitch, I'll curse you infront of everybody.] Tell that to everybody," Duterte said.

In a statement released Tuesday, Duterte admitted the "immediate cause" of the postponement of his meeting with Obama was his "strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress."

He said he "regrets" these "came across as a personal attack on the U.S. President."

Obama earlier said he did not take Duterte's comments personally and that these have no impact on the strong ties between the two allies.

"I think it seems to be just a habit, a way of speaking for him," Obama said.