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Trump must challenge Duterte's record at ASEAN summit in the Philippines

Trump must challenge Duterte's record at ASEAN summit in the Philippines

"He said something about, 'You know, you handle it very well, '" Duterte said, quoting Trump.

In 2015, while he was mayor of Davao City, Mr. Duterte said in an interview with Esquire that he had stabbed someone to death when he was 17 years old.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skipped the gala dinner hosted by Vietnam Friday night for the visiting Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders due to urgent matters that needed his attention. "I have stated before and I was not lying, I would not entertain talks about military or anything", he said.

"There is a familiar cycle in terms of these comments: he makes them, then either he or one of his handlers says "He was just joking", added Mr Kine.

Under Obama's administration, Duterte said he wanted to "cut the cord" with the USA over its criticism of his violent war on drugs in the Philippines, which has seen thousands killed. Airport officials said he arrived at 5:45 p.m.at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

With both President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled to be in Vietnam for the APEC summit, the expectation has been that a meeting would take place, with Russia confirming one would happen, and weeks of preparation on both sides.

"I'm a very good mediator and arbitrator", Trump said during a news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi before flying here. "I will slap her in front of you. Why?" Others said they should talk about the economy and the price of gas.

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Duterte took steps to thaw frosty relations with China after he won the presidency previous year.

"This rapporteur", he said, after referring to the United Nations' special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, by name.

"(They) should deny the architect of this human rights calamity the worldwide recognition he undeservedly craves". "We can expect East Asian leaders to exercise a diplomatic blind eye to the killings of thousands of Filipinos over the past 16 months as part of Duterte's drug war".

Duterte said he sees a very bright future for the relationship between the Philippines and China.

Despite activists having long criticised the USA for what they see as an unrelenting American control over the Philippines, Duterte changed his stance toward the USA after Trump's inauguration a year ago.

Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay said it was hypocritical for the two to even discuss the topic given their tracklist of human rights violations.


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