Trump arrives in Philippines for ASEAN summit

Monday, 13 Nov, 2017

Hours after being sworn in as Philippine president, Duterte goes to a Manila slum and urges residents to kill drug-addled neighbours.

The meeting of the leaders during the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila would be their first official meeting since the two assumed office past year. The problem with these pests, they invite (UN) human rights commission and all, only to show the statistics: here, 10,000 died.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday, November 12, tweeted that he was soon coming to the Philippines - except he misspelled the name of the host country. Trump told Duterte in a telephone call in April that he was doing a "great job" with his campaign against drugs. Global organizations, including the United Nations, have accused him of subverting justice and indiscriminate killing. "At the age of 16", he said, "I already killed someone. I don't care about human rights, believe me".

"I was just 16 years old".

Another 2,290 people have been murdered in drug-related crimes, while thousands of other deaths remain unsolved, according to government data.

Since Duterte took office, police have reported killing 3,967 people in the crackdown.

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

"In 2015, we reiterated our belief that a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP) should be pursued as a comprehensive free trade agreement built on ongoing regional undertakings", Duterte said at an APEC CEO summit in Vietnam's central Da Nang city on Thursday. A person, really. During a fight.

Duterte's spokesman, Harry Roque, has since told the British news network that the comment was made in jest.

Leaders in the Philippines are eager for Trump's visit, viewing the President's arrival as a welcome change in American leadership given former President Barack Obama's relationship with Duterte was markedly frayed. The latter part is quite remarkable as on the same day he offered to host an worldwide summit on human rights in the Philippines and suggested that "all violations of human rights committed by all governments" should be investigated.

The President also expressed confidence that Trump would not bring up the issue even during their bilateral talks in Manila during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

Philippine officials have also looked to highlight a connection between Trump and Duterte.

"How much more now that I am President?" he concluded, to laughter from the audience.

The Philippine leader also lashed out again at United Nations human rights expert Agnès Callamard, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions.

It will be the last leg of a marathon Asia tour that, despite Trump's "America First" policy, may reassure some that his administration remains committed to a region that Beijing sees as its strategic domain.

"Forget what they say, those human rights (activists)". "It is paramount that human rights violations not be the consequences of the Philippines" "war on drugs'".