PRRD, Trump mum on HR

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MANILA - The is­sue of hu­man rights did not come up dur­ing the 40-minute bi­lat­eral meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte and United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Mala­cañang said on Mon­day, Novem­ber 13.

The two lead­ers, how­ever, had a “frank dis­cus­sion” on sev­eral is­sues, in­clud­ing the Philip­pines’ bru­tal crack­down on nar­cotics that has killed thou­sands of sus­pects, said Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque.

He said Trump ap­peared “sym­pa­thetic” when Duterte men­tioned his re­lenlt­ess cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs trade.

“The is­sue of hu­man rights did not arise. It was not brought up. It was Pres­i­dent Duterte who dis­cussed with Pres­i­dent Trump the drug men­ace in the Philip­pines, and the US Pres­i­dent ap­peared sym­pa­thetic and did not have any of­fi­cial po­si­tion on the mat­ter, merely nod­ding his head, in­di­cat­ing that he un­der­stood the do­mes­tic prob­lem that we

face on drugs,” Roque said.

Shortly af­ter the bi­lat­eral meet­ing be­tween the two lead­ers, a for­eign jour­nal­ist asked Trump whether he raised the hu­man rights is­sue with Duterte.

Duterte, re­spond­ing to the re­porter’s query, said they would not en­ter­tain any ques­tions con­cern­ing the pur­ported hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion in the Philip­pines. Sun­Star Philip­pines

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