Trudeau talks tough on Duterte’s killing ma­chine

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JUSTIN Trudeau tack­led Philippine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte over al­le­ga­tions of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings in Manila’s deadly drug war, he said yes­ter­day.

The Cana­dian prime min­is­ter’s com­ments came the day af­ter US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump hailed the “great re­la­tion­ship” he en­joys with Duterte in a meet­ing the Philip­pines gov­ern­ment said did not touch on hu­man rights.

“I also men­tioned hu­man rights, the rule of law, and specif­i­cally ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings as be­ing an is­sue that Canada is con­cerned with,” Trudeau told re­porters in Manila, re­count­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with Duterte.

“I im­pressed upon him the need for re­spect for the rule of law.”

Ahead of a re­gional sum­mit in the Philip­pines, rights groups had urged world lead­ers to chal­lenge 72-year-old Duterte over what they say are gross abuses.

He over­whelm­ingly won elec­tions last year, vow­ing to erad­i­cate drugs in a cam­paign that would see up to 100 000 peo­ple killed.

Since he took of­fice, po­lice have re­ported killing 3 967 peo­ple in the crack­down. An­other 2 290 peo­ple have been mur­dered in drug-re­lated crimes, while thou­sands of other deaths re­main un­solved, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment data. Yes­ter­day, Trudeau said Canada had earned a rep­u­ta­tion for dis­cussing hu­man rights and the rule of law with other na­tions.

Asked how Duterte re­sponded, Trudeau said: “The pres­i­dent was re­cep­tive to my com­ments and it was through­out a very cor­dial and pos­i­tive ex­change.”

Trudeau added that he of­fered sup­port to Duterte “as a friend to help move for­ward on what is a real chal­lenge”.

Duterte is host­ing world lead­ers as the Philip­pines holds the ro­tat­ing chair of the 10-na­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) bloc. — AFP

COR­DIAL EX­CHANGE: Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau

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