The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - First Page - (With a report from Malou Cablinda.)

PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE’S political critics, including human rights organizations opposed to his tough anti-drug campaign, continue launching tirades against the former Davao City mayor for his alleged brutal war on illegal drugs.

But Duterte said he will continue his war to save the country and his people from the menace of illegal drugs and even U.S. President Donald Trump at one time praised the Filipino leader for his antidrug campaign.

Just recently, Trump phoned Duterte and they spoke on various issues, including nuclear threats posed by North Korea that also threatens regional security in South East Asia. Trump even invited Duterte to Washington.

In a statement by the White House, it said Trump’s conversation with Duterte was very friendly and the American president enjoyed it and is looking forward to also visit Manila in November.

“It was a very friendly conversation, in which the two leaders discussed the concerns of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding regional security, including the threat posed by North Korea.”

“They also discussed the fact that the Philippine government is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs, a scourge that affects many countries throughout the world. President Trump enjoyed the conversation and said that he is looking forward to visiting the Philippines in November to participate in the East Asia Summit and the U.S.ASEAN Summit. President Trump also invited President Duterte to the White House to discuss the importance of the United States-philippines alliance, which is now heading in a very positive direction.”

According to a report by the Nonprofit Quarterly, this was not their first exchange. Duterte called Trump to congratulate him on his election, and Duterte later claimed that Trump wished him success with his anti-drug campaign.

Duterte has not yet officially accepted the invitation, citing a busy schedule. Trump has a commercial connection to the Philippines: His name is stamped on a $150 million, 57-floor tower in Manila, it said.

Duterte hosted the recent ASEAN Summit in Manila.

U.S. President Donald Trump (Photo from and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (King Rodriguez/presidential Photo)

President Rodrigo Duterte (Photo by Michael Rey Baniquet)

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