Don’t men­tion the drug war

The Cairns Post - - NEWS -

PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump and Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte agreed to “con­tinue main­stream­ing the hu­man rights agenda” in their re­spec­tive coun­tries during their meet­ing in Manila this week. A joint state­ment from both gov­ern­ments says the two lead­ers “un­der­scored that hu­man rights and the dig­nity of hu­man life are es­sen­tial.”

The White House said ear­lier that hu­man rights had come up “briefly” in the con­text of the Philip­pines’ fight against il­le­gal drugs.

Press Sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders didn’t say if Mr Trump had been crit­i­cal of Mr Duterte’s vi­o­lent war on the il­le­gal drug trade.

A spokesman for Mr Duterte, how­ever, said “there was no men­tion of hu­man rights” and “no men­tion of ex­trale­gal killings.”

Mr Duterte is adding en­ter­tainer to his role as host of the ASEAN sum­mit, singing a duet on be­half of Mr Trump.

Mr Duterte sang a duet of the song Ikaw with singer Pilita Corrales during Sun­day night’s gala din­ner at the sum­mit in Manila.

Mr Trump was among 20 for­eign lead­ers in the Philip­pines for the sum­mit, his first visit to the coun­try as pres­i­dent.

Pic­ture: GETTY

FIERY RE­AC­TION: Pro­test­ers burn an im­age of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump fash­ioned on a swastika as they march in the streets of Manila during ASEAN meet­ings.

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