February 22, 2018

Philippine president says he once stabbed a person to death

15 November 2017, 12:52 | Rufus Hill

Duterte stands with U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis at the 11th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defence Ministers meeting Reuters

From ‘sons of bitches’ to 'best friends': Duterte on US as Trump summit looms

Duterte said he sees a very bright future for the relationship between the Philippines and China.

Towards the end of the meeting with Putin, Duterte divulged plans to appoint "a special envoy for military and to improve trade relations with Russian Federation".

If anything, Duterte has been all praise for Trump in the past year, welcoming closer bilateral cooperation against common concerns such as terrorism.

"When I was a teenager, I would go in and out of jail", Mr Duterte said in remarks captured on camera.

Duterte also threatened to slap a United Nations rights rapporteur if he met her, and used obscene language to hit back at critics of his deadly drugs crackdown.

Duterte has adopted a clenched fist, often stuck out in front of his chest or sometimes at eye level, as his trademark gesture. In September 2016, Obama abruptly canceled a meeting with the new Philippines leader in Laos after Duterte called him an obscene name.

Critics, however, say Duterte has empowered police to murder suspected drug users and dealers with impunity.

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

He urged the region to reshape its trade deals to America's liking, declined to spotlight violent human rights abuses and cranked up pressure on North Korea.

The writer, president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and a founder of Human Rights Watch, is the author of "The International Human Rights Movement: A History".

Australia's spy chief, Nick Warner, was criticized when he returned home from Manila in August to find the Philippine government had released photos of him clenching his fist with Duterte.

With the photos becoming a major news item in Australia, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was forced to publicly defend Warner.

A likeness of President Duterte peeked out from behind the figure, as the two leaders sat down for formal talks less than three kilometres away.

By promoting policies that contribute to police misconduct, Duterte is actually encouraging the very criminality that his campaign to wipe out illegal drug use was ostensibly meant to curb.

Trump also spoke about trade and the menace of North Korea with Australian Prime Mnister Malcolm Turnbull in a three-way chat with Japanese leader Shinzo Abe.

Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he killed a man when he was just 16.

Roque, in the interview, said he believes Sanders was interested in making it appear that Trump had raised human rights in a bid to placate Trump's "domestic constituency".

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. "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies". "This is a different level of shamelessness, hypocrisy and pretense", Palabay said. Trump talked instead about their "great relationship".

Trump's discussions will largely centre on trade and North Korea but he remains dogged by things he has said, and not said, about Russian Federation.

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