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Trump arrives in Philippines for ASEAN summit

13 November 2017

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. 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.

Hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte, the dinner at the SMX Convention Center marks the beginning of the three-day Summits where leaders from 20 countries, European Union and United Nations are converging in the capital for their annual gathering.

"We are calling on President Trump being a world leader to demand that President Duterte hold or put a stop on ejks (extrajudicial killings)", AI Philippines Head of Office Jose Noel Olano said in a press briefing in Manila on Saturday.

"He is not the Human Rights Commission".

"Duterte last month declared the liberation of Marawi City from Islamist terrorists after 154 days of fighting, which killed more than 1,100 people, including 165 soldiers, and displaced almost 400,000 residents".

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

Among guests at the dinner were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, United States President Donald Trump and Premier Li Keqiang of China.

In December a year ago he claimed to have personally shot dead criminal suspects to set an example to police during his time as mayor of southern Davao city, France 24 reported.

"A real person. During a rumble".

Duterte has faced human rights abuse accusations as he pushes a drug crackdown in the country.

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"It's going to be very interesting because you have two individuals that are very much alike in their thinking, their language and demeanor, meeting for the first time", Roque said.

"When I was a teenager, I was in and out of jail", he said, according to CNN.

Speaking to his Vietnamese counterpart, Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi, Trump said he could employ his diplomatic skills to help Asian nations come to an agreement over competing maritime claims.

A Trump administration official, in previewing the visit, stressed that Trump and Duterte have "a warm rapport". "What the President is doing is being effective".

Duterte can expect blanket support from his ASEAN colleagues, many of whom are also shadowed by human rights controversies.

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In a letter to Trump, members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Capitol Hill urged Trump to address the extrajudicial killings.

Trump arrives in Philippines for ASEAN summit