Drug war not mentioned in talks
PRESIDENT Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte agreed to “continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda” in their respective countries during their meeting Monday in Manila. 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.
Protesters burn an image of US President Donald Trump fashioned on a swastika as they march in the streets of Manila during ASEAN meetings.