Progressive solons protest arrival of President Trump

Progressive solons protest arrival of President Trump

Protesters shout slogans holding portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during a rally near the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Nov. 10, 2017.

Trump is expected to arrive in Manila this weekend for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings.

Trump is expected to try during the summit to shore up relations, which have been strained by the mercurial Duterte's notorious anti-U.S. sentiment and his enthusiasm for better ties with Russian Federation and China. "You have all the rights of the safe passage.' And that will also be applicable to all countries", Duterte said, recalling his conversation with Xi.

The leader of the Philippines has come under intense criticism from human rights advocates for overseeing a violent drug crackdown that includes extrajudicial killings.

"The US President's willingness to challenge the appalling record of President Duterte's "war on drugs" is a crucial test of his administration's commitment to upholding and defending human rights".

But Trump and Duterte have expressed mutual admiration for other.

Hitting back at the claims, the Philippine President offered to host a global summit in which leaders could discuss "how we can protect human rights for all".

The two world leaders assured Duterte of their support backing during bilateral talks on the sidelines of the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in Danang, Vietnam.

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"Because at that time we were short of arms for the police and we wanted to buy it (sic) from America but because of the nearly equal power of the US Congress and the President, it is always stymied by the legislators", he said.

Police officials said 3,800 were killed in police operations.

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

"When I become president, I'll order the police and the military to find these people and kill them". A real person, a rumble, a stabbing.

Speaking at the beginning of the dinner, Duterte set the tone ahead of the two-day summit.

"The most productive, by the way, was our talk with President Xi Jinping and President Putin", Duterte said in his arrival speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

"Aside from his horrendous military and economic policies, President Trump is also a patent sexist that he continues to spew anti-women remarks and attacks women's rights", he said.

Authorities insist police only kill in self-defence, but Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say officers are carrying out extrajudicial killings.

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