Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to slap United Nations critic of drugs war

Trump arrived in Manila late Sunday afternoon local time after a brief stop in Vietnam. 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 safeguard peace in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping said on Saturday in a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who pledged to handle issues with Beijing in those waters bilaterally.

Protesters shout slogans during a protest against US President Donald Trump's visit at the Philippine International Convention Centre in Manila November 11, 2017.

Duterte reportedly looked serious when he was telling the story and advised to forget about human rights.

Duterte said as the fulcrum of several integrated mechanisms such as ASEAN, APEC can be instrumental in promoting more inter- and intra-regional trade, investment and people-to-people connectivity between other economic blocs.

'We can expect East Asian leaders to exercise a diplomatic blind eye to the killings of thousands of Filipinos over the past 16 months as part of Duterte's drug war'.

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.

The Philippine strongman has embraced the image, though, and Trump, according to a leaked transcript obtained by The Washington Post, praised his crackdown during their first call, earlier this year. A person, really. During a fight.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the European Union have all criticised the controversial leader for previous statements that appear to suggest the opposite.

"I am looking forward to start in positive note with tonight's celebration of 50 years of ASEAN", said Duterte in his remarks at the dinner.

"When I become president, I'll order the police and the military to find these people and kill them". I am a very good mediator, " the deal-making American leader told Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang during an official state visit.

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

It will be the last leg of a marathon Asia tour that, despite Trump's "America First" policy, may reassure some that his administration remains committed to a region that Beijing sees as its strategic domain.

"Human rights are fundamental", they wrote.

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