Duterte welcomes Trump to Philippines

Duterte welcomes Trump to Philippines

"While the South Korean people are opposing war threats against the north and demanding peace in the region, here is the president of the Philippines who could not even commit to peace in his own country, allowing the country as a launching pad of U.S. aggression and putting the Filipino population to the danger of nuclear obliteration", he said in a statement.

Trump arrived in Manila late Sunday afternoon local time after a brief stop in Vietnam.

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. "At the age of 16", he said, "I already killed someone".

"When I was a teenager, I would go in and out of jail".

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China will work with Southeast Asian countries to maintain peace in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping said Saturday (11/11/2017) during a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who pledged to handle issues with Beijing in those waters bilaterally.

"During the campaign, I was asked, how would you deal with terrorists and drugs?"

Trump's time in the Philippines will be a delicate balancing act between praise and frankness with Duterte, a leader whose war on drugs has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings and drawn global condemnation.

Rights groups say police are following Duterte's incitements to kill, citing comments of his such as he would be "happy to slaughter" three million addicts.

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Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director, told Agence France-Presse, "Foreign leaders should recognize that the fist. symbolizes a purposeful attack by Duterte on rule of law that has inflicted a human rights calamity on thousands of Filipinos". A real person, a rumble, a stabbing.

Philippine presidential spokesman Harry Roque told CNN before the visit that he sees Trump and Duterte as "very much alike".

"So the 23,000 that I ordered was (sic) scrapped and your timely assistance to my country helped us replenish the old arms and the spent bores that were fired repeatedly and we have a new stock".

Speaking at the beginning of the dinner, Duterte set the tone ahead of the two-day summit. "Never mind about the human rights advocates", he added.

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When a senior US official said two weeks ago that there was "a warm rapport" between the two administrations, Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said it "suggests a stunning apathy toward the human rights calamity that Duterte has inflicted on the Philippines since taking office".

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