Trump arrives in Philippines amid protests

Nichole Vega
November 13, 2017

Following the conclusion of the APEC meetings, many attendees will next head to Manila, where a meeting of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will commence. They were anxious that the U.S. intervention in the southern Philippines could worsen the situation, which is still recovering from battle against Islamist militants.

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. "USA imperialism is tantamount to war, human rights violations, unfair economic policies, and the preservation of a world order that favors a wealthy few", Palabay said. Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems.

Since Mr Duterte took office in June 2016, more than 7,000 people have been killed in a brutal clampdown on illegal substances, with the leader saying he would be "happy to slaughter" three million drug addicts.

"One fight there, one fight here, and at the age of 16, I killed someone". He also said in part, "Jail?"

The Philippines was to buy more than 20,000 assault rifles from the United States, but some senators, concerned with Duterte's human rights record and rising killings, blocked that sale.

Manila and Moscow signed a military deal on logistics, including a contract with a state-owned company for the supply of equipment, during the first-ever visit by a Russian defence minister to the Philippines last month.

'Duterte will enjoy the gift of tacit silence from East Asian leaders on his murderous drug war during the upcoming summit, ' Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine told AFP. 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".

"What have you been doing all the time?"

"I will slap her in front of you", he said, referring to Callamard by name.

But Vietnam's trade surplus remains an irritant for the Trump administration.

Briefing reporters in Beijing during the China leg of Trump's Asia tour, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US view on the maritime dispute hadn't changed - that "claimants should stop construction and militarization" of disputed islands.

"Human rights are fundamental", they wrote.

In a speech that started with his insisting he did not tolerate extrajudicial killings, Duterte apparently switches tack.

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