PM raises human rights concerns with Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he stabbed someone to death 'over a look' when he was 16

On Sunday, he tried to have it both ways, saying he believes both the USA intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled and Russian President Vladimir Putin's sincerity in claiming that his country did not.

Speaking at the opening of the summits, Duterte mentioned at the outset the Philippine government forces' victory in liberating Marawi City from terrorist groups who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

"One fight there, one fight here, and at the age of 16, I killed someone".

"I am sure that good relations between Asean and China can only be further strengthened and will bring benefits to both", Jokowi said.

A senior White House official said there will be a lot of discussion about renewal of the US-Philippines "alliance and reenergizing that alliance through a joint statement" after the meeting between Trump and Duterte.

As regards the South China Sea, the official said there has been a "very clear" and "consistent message" from Trump on freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. The two spoke during an economic conference in Danang, Vietnam.

"This rapporteur", he said, after referring to the United Nations' special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, by name. "It was just over a look", Agence France Presse quoted him as saying.

But critics warn the gesture has come to represent the brutalities of Duterte's drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives.

"It was not Trump who raised it. Trump never raised it, honestly", Roque said.

"The United States has to be treated fairly and in a reciprocal fashion", Trump tweeted before heading back to Washington, where he is scheduled to arrive later Tuesday. And nearly all of them also have the same problem.

What they are not expected to do is talk seriously about human rights.

He at times denies inciting police or others to kill, but also consistently generates headlines for his abusive language and incendiary comments defending the drug war.

Duterte believed Obama was "oblivious to the actual threat presented by drugs in the Philippines", the spokesman declared.

The writer, president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and a founder of Human Rights Watch, is the author of "The International Human Rights Movement: A History".

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

Adding to a sense of supreme confidence ahead of the event, Duterte on Thursday also proposed hosting a global summit on human rights in which all nations would be placed under the microscope.

Asean and China also highlighted the role of witnesses in identifying and prosecuting corruptors and said they would develop "an effective protection system for witnesses in corruption cases, where appropriate". How much more now that I am president?'

Karapatan alleged that the Trump administration has dropped 32,801 bombs in at least seven countries in Asia and the Middle East this year alone.

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