MANILA, Ph. – An official state car belonging to Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte was destroyed in an apparent missile strike late Tuesday night, the state-run Philippines News Agency reported Wednesday morning.
Witness say the vehicle, a sleek black armored Mercedes W221, had been left unattended in the motor-pool outside of Malacañang Palace in Manila on account of President Duterte’s absence while attending the ASEAN Summit in Laos this week. “We heard a woosh followed by a gigantic fireball and then the car was gone,” a witness who works as a groundskeeper at the presidential palace told the PNA.
The incident occurred just hours after President Barack Obama cancelled a prearranged meeting in Laos with Duterte. The popular American president reportedly planned to confront his Filipino counterpart over the southeast Asian country’s decision to carry out extrajudicial killings against suspected drug dealers and users alike.
In a public response to President Obama’s perceived intentions, the outspoken Duterte called him a “son of a bitch” and said he answers to no one except the Filipino people. “Who does he think he is?” Duterte asked before slamming his fist on the table and declaring, “I am no American puppet!”
American puppet or not, President Barack Obama was clearly perturbed by Duterte’s sharp tongue. A member of the president’s Secret Service detail told Real News Right Now that the U.S. president immediately dropped what he was doing and ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to send an armed Reaper drone into Philippine airspace. “We’ll see who the son of a bitch is now,” Obama reportedly said while he watched via satellite as a Hellfire missile struck Duterte’s prized Mercedes.
As of press time, not even a whisper of reprisal could be heard coming from Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s camp but one thing is for certain: While Duterte may rule his tiny Asian nation with an iron fist, he is certainly no match for the extraordinary strength and reach of the United States military.