Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Duterte 'sure' Trump won't raise drug war killings during PH visit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines chartered flight upon his arrival at the Da Nang International Airport in Vietnam Duterte offers to host 'world summit' on human rights
Howard Terry | 12 November, 2017, 02:10

Accompanying Duterte were Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, and DFA Acting Assistant Secretary Amelita Aquino.

Mr Trump and Mr Duterte met for the first time in Danang yesterday.

"I would like to convey to you the gratitude of the Filipino people for your timely assistance, especially the trucks and the arms that you sent because we have to replenish-the supplies were getting low", he said.

CNN reports the comments were made in the context of discussing human right advocates who are no fans of his.

Then, in what could only be described as an ironic twist, the firebrand leader offered to host the world summit on human rights, inviting all victims of human rights violations to air their grievances - because who could be a better candidate to host such an event than a man who won the presidential election after promising to kill 100,000 drug-dealers.

Last year, Duterte said he would be "happy to slaughter" millions of drug addicts and that he even fatally shot criminals while he was mayor of the southern city of Davao to set an example for police. "Stabbing. That was when I was 16 years old, just because we just looked at each other".

"I want to pass on words of thanks from the Philippine people for the timely aid that Russian Federation provided by giving us trucks and weapons", he said as the two met on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam.

For his part, Putin said terrorism was a common challenge for both Russia and the Philippines, noting that Russia was prepared to further develop defense relations between Russia and the Philippines.

McGovern and Hultgren co-chair the US Congress Human Rights Commission, with McGovern saying he would lead a protest once Duterte visits the White House.

Duterte and Trump will likely talk about the North Korean threat and the overall security situation in the region, particularly the South China Sea dispute.

However relations warmed under the presidency of Donald Trump. According to a transcript published by the Intercept, Trump later praised Duterte's war on drugs during another phone call in April.

"For Russia, just a small window where we can start exporting our products there. That's not so easy", Duterte told Putin.

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