March 21, 2018

Vietnamese PM attends ASEAN Summit in Philippines

14 November 2017, 05:51 | Opal Carroll

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Tokyo in October 2016 President Trump in Washington in April

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Tokyo in October 2016 President Trump in Washington in April

Speaking with reporters last week, Duterte promised to tell Trump to "lay off" if he raised human rights concerns. The crowd cheered and chanted more slogans directed against the U.S. president as the paper figure was lit.

Duterte has been embroiled in controversies ever since he took the Philippines' presidential seat in June past year.

It was Trump's first visit to the Philippines as president.

President Trump must also make clear that any future USA assistance to the country will be linked to clear progress in reforming the PNP and ending impunity in the police. The two men held longer, formal talks on Monday and White House aides signaled that Trump was not expected to publicly bring up human rights in their discussions. President Duterte has also threatened to kill human rights activists, journalists and critics. At the G20 summit in September of 2016, Obama said that Duterte needed to "to engage in that fight against drugs in a way that's consistent with basic global norms".

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay) has sanctioned a bloody drug war that features extrajudicial killing.

On Saturday, Trump lashed out at former heads of the US intelligence agencies, claiming there are plenty of reasons to be suspicious of their findings and dismissing them as "political hacks".

Earlier, Duterte had expressed confidence that Trump would not take up the issue with him.

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With Trump, however, Duterte seems more in his element.

"President Trump specifically said that he has always been a friend of the Duterte administration, and that like previous administrations of the United States, he stressed that he can be counted upon as a friend of the Duterte administration", he added. Duterte has also acknowledged the deep and unshakable bond between the Pentagon and Philippine military, which has played a key role in shaping and taming the Filipino president's erratic defence policy.

Duterte is facing strong criticisms at home and overseas for the brutality of his government's war on drugs, which rights groups say has claimed between 7,000 to 12,000 lives, most of whom belong to the urban poor.

The government of the Philippines has mobilized more than 60,000 security personnel, police and troops to ensure security during the summit and related events.

Duterte led Asean leaders in their dialogue with Trump, being chairman of Asean on the regional bloc's 50th anniversary. This backdrop makes the conflicting reports from their most recent meetings all the more confusing.

"Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs", Sanders said.

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