Trump seeks to strike diplomatic balance with Philippines' Duterte

Trump seeks to strike diplomatic balance with Philippines' Duterte

Amy Searight, senior adviser of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told reporters before the trip that she expects Duterte to roll out the red carpet for Trump because he "sees this as an opportunity to somewhat reset US-Philippine relations". 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.

The alleged cases of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the country brought about by the drug war was not raised during President Duterte's informal interaction with United States President (POTUS) Donald Trump during the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam last week.

President Donald Trump's tour of Asia continued Sunday with his arrival in the Philippines, the last of five nations on his itinerary before he returns to the United States.

When a senior USA official said two weeks ago that there was "a warm rapport" between the two administrations, Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said it "suggests a stunning apathy toward the human rights calamity that Duterte has inflicted on the Philippines since taking office". "I never, never, never ordered any single policeman in this country to say, just kill them without any reason".

"One fight there, one fight here, and at the age of 16, I killed someone". The US also gave $97.5 million in military aid, Palabay said, citing US Congress data.

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

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It is not the first time the Philippines leader has claimed to have killed someone. I am a very good mediator, " the deal-making American leader told Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang during an official state visit.

"I will slap her in front of you", he said, referring to Callamard by name. "How much more now that I am president?"

Trump headed to Manila later yesterday for the final stop on his marathon Asia tour that has mainly focused on building regional consensus against North Korea's nuclear ambitions and espousing his "America First" vision of global trade. "What the President is doing is being effective".

"Not extrajudicial killing. Well, he can not afford it".

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

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