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Manny Pacquiao on Philippine President Duterte

duterte 2Los Angeles (CNN) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known for being tough.

He’s launched a bloody war on illegal drugs, and in the past two months, 2,000 people have been killed by police, vigilante groups or rival gangs.

He’s called out judges, politicians, police and military personnel who he says have ties to drugs and thrown so many people in jail that prisons built for 800 inmates now house 3,800.

Human rights groups call the conditions “inhumane” and “unacceptable.”

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Then, came the ASEAN Summit in Laos. Duterte was all set to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama.

But before the leaders could powwow, Duterte was asked how he’d respond to Obama’s questions about his government’s extrajudicial killings. “Son of a bitch, I will swear at you,” Duterte said.

Obama caught wind and promptly canceled the meeting.

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duterte 1Duterte is no stranger to questionable commentary. In May, he called the Pope a “son of a whore.”

After being criticized by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in June, Duterte called the UN “stupid” and threatened to withdraw “if you are the disrespectful, son of a bitch.”

“The Pac-Man” Manny Pacquiao joined “CNN Newsroom L.A.” where he addressed Duterte’s colorful language, the dust-up with President Obama and if the boxer/Philippine Senator would consider running for president, himself, in the future.

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On Duterte’s use of the phrase “S.O.B.”:

“He changed his tone when he apologized. The good thing for him is that he knows how to apologize. We support him 100%”

On the war on drugs inside the Philippines:

“When he announced the massive campaign against illegal drugs. The problem is this is the reality in the Philippines. Unfair to the president, because all the killings that are happening are charged to him.”

Is Pres. Duterte a dictator in waiting?

“I know him personally. Duterte – he’s not like other leaders, a dictator, because he’s mother is a former activist, fighting for the right of poor people. That’s what his heart is — fighting for the poor people.”

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When the Philippines holds its next election, Pacquiao will be eligible to run. Will he?

“To become a president is not by the will of a person but it’s the will of God. Like Duterte, who knows that he would become a president. So it’s God’s will that you will become a president then you will become a president.”

Pacquiao returns to the ring to face Jessie Vargas on November 5th in Las Vegas. The fight is for the WBO Welterweight title and is available on pay-per-view.

Written and produced by: Ben Bamsey for “CNN Newsroom L.A.

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