Duterte spokesman: Trump offered to return Philippine fugitive during bilateral talks


Meanwhile, Duterte told Xi in Vietnam that he will raise the dispute over the South China Sea as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit this week.

President Trump looked slightly ill at ease at first but then appeared to enjoy himself during the unusual handshake with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

"At the age of 16, I already killed someone". I would say frightful is putting it mildly.

Duterte has good reason to expect that Trump will not make his bloody rule an issue during the visit. The two have exchanged letters, and when they spoke by phone in April, the White House said the call was "very friendly" and the president "invited President Duterte to the White House to discuss the importance of the United States-Philippines alliance, which is now heading in a very positive direction".

Brennan said Trump's ambiguity on Russia's involvement was "very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint".

"To try to paint it in any other way is, I think, astounding and, in fact, poses a peril to this country", Clapper said on "State of the Union".

Since he became president, thousands have died in a nationwide anti-drugs campaign that human rights defenders say is being carried out in a culture of legal impunity.

They also say it has uncomfortable similarities with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's salute.

With the two references, Trump seemed to be underlining the policy laid out by his secretary of state Rex Tillerson last month when the latter had sought cooperation among the democracies of the Indo-Pacific region to ensure peace and stability in the region.

"(They) should deny the architect of this human rights calamity the worldwide recognition he undeservedly craves". Bishop had previously criticised the drug war.

Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs is said to have claimed an estimated 13,000 lives, also said that the menace of illegal drug trade continued to endanger the very fabric of societies.

A photo posted by Duterte's aide on Facebook showed the two men smiling along with their officials, who also raised their fists against the backdrop of Japanese and Philippine flags. How much more now that I am president?'

Adding to a sense of supreme confidence ahead of the event, Duterte on Thursday also proposed hosting a global summit on human rights in which all nations would be placed under the microscope.

"On the grounds of what both Duterte and Trump (have) done and (are) continuously doing, it is not that they do not understand the concept of human and people's rights, it is that they just do not care", Palabay said in a statement.

In particular, this was due to the Trump administration's explicit and conscious decision to prioritise strategic cooperation with Asian allies over promotion of human rights and democracy values.



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