Trump lands in Philippines, offers to mediate on S.China Sea

13 November, 2017, 02:34 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who plays host to world leaders from Sunday, has said repeatedly in recent months he has never incited his police or vigilantes to kill illegally.

"We have to be friends, the other hotheads would like us to confront China and the rest of the world on so many issues", Duterte said at a ceremony on the eve of a summit of East and Southeast Asian nations in the Philippine capital.

"This brutal macho image that Trump and President Duterte apparently shares and mutually admire is clearly to the detriment of the people in the Philippines, the United States and the world".

Speaking to the local Filipino community in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Thursday, Duterte also threatened to slap a United Nations rights rapporteur if he met her, and used obscene language to hit back at critics of his deadly drugs crackdown.

Butch Olano, Amnesty International Philippines Director, said, "President Trump has spoken about his ability to talk tough with foreign leaders, and this week's ASEAN summit presents a renewed opportunity to raise the horrifying human rights abuses that the region is facing".

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In 2016, after noting that Hitler slaughtered millions of Jewish people during the Holocaust, Duterte said: "There are 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines.) I'd be happy to slaughter them".

The comment quickly sparked widespread criticism.

"I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem", Trump said, not mentioning the thousands killed and global scorn. Duterte should stop idolizing and playing puppet to Trump.

The summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries in Vietnam put on show the contrasting vision of the "America First" policy with the traditional consensus favouring multinational deals that China now seeks to champion. A person, really. During a fight.

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It is not the first time the Philippines leader has claimed to have killed someone. I was just 16 years old.

"When I become president, I'll order the police and the military to find these people and kill them". "The most productive [bilateral meetings], by the way, was our talk with President Xi Jinping and President Putin".

In a letter to Trump, members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Capitol Hill urged Trump to address the extrajudicial killings.

"Trump must not keep ignoring the grave human rights situation in the Philippines".

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