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Pauline Gross
November 14, 2017

Donald Trump has hailed his "great relationship" with the controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the end of a two-day regional summit in Manila.

"(They) should deny the architect of this human rights calamity the global recognition he undeservedly craves".

A joint statement says the two leaders "underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential".

"Our country would be better off without Trump's visit because aside from pushing and supporting for more military actions in the Philippines, like more airstrikes especially in Mindanao, he is also engaged in rabid saber-rattling in the Korean Peninsula that would have bad effects in the Philippines if war breaks out", Zarate said in a statement. "It was President Duterte who brought up with President Trump the drug menace in the Philippines, and the USA president appeared sympathetic and did not have any official position on the matter but was merely nodding his head".

"Ladies and gentlemen, I sang uninvited a duet with Ms. Pilita Corrales upon the orders of the commander in chief of the United States", Duterte stated after he concluded his singing stunt, as heard in the video shared by Public Works Undersecretary, Karen Jimeno. "Thank you", Trump said after his bilateral meeting with Duterte.

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It's a known fact that US President Donald Trump isn't an expert when it comes to handshakes.

President Donald Trump is wrapping up his extensive trip to Asia with an worldwide summit and one-on-one meetings with global partners, including his Philippine host who is overseeing a bloody drug war.

Butch Olano, Amnesty International Philippines Director, said, "President Trump has spoken about his ability to talk tough with foreign leaders, and this week's ASEAN summit presents a renewed opportunity to raise the horrifying human rights abuses that the region is facing".

But rights groups have expressed alarm and disappointment that Trump and most others are likely to endorse or stay silent over Duterte's violent rule, which has seen thousands of people killed.

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