With Asia trip winding down, Trump meets with allies

With Asia trip winding down, Trump meets with allies

The 31st ASEAN Summit is the most important event of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Việt Nam.

The United Nations Human Rights Commission urged the Philippines to launch a murder investigation into Duterte's claims he killed three people - and the deaths as part of his war on drugs.

He said what took place was a "rather lengthy discussion" of the Philippines' war on drugs "with President Duterte doing most of the explaining".

Progressive solons protested yesterday the arrival of United States President Donald Trump, as they warned President Duterte against "idolizing" the "No. 1 war-mongering fascist president of the world".

"Aside from his horrendous military and economic policies, President Trump is also a patent sexist that he continues to spew anti-women remarks and attacks women's rights", he said.

Mr Trump replied: "We've had a great relationship".

The White House on Monday said the topic of human rights was "briefly" tackled during US President Donald Trump's first bilateral meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, contradicting Malacañang's claim that the sensitive issue was avoided by the two leaders. Duterte should stop idolizing and playing puppet to Trump.

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A communications official with the Duterte administration said the Philippines president and Trump "really hit it off".

Finally, the two shared a tender moment over their mutual distrust of the press, with Duterte referring to the press pool as "spies" as Trump laughed.

With Trump, however, Duterte seems more in his element.

"If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know", Trump said at a meeting with Vietnam's president, Tran Dai Quang.

"There was no mention of human rights [issues]".

But just a day earlier, he had lashed out at the former heads of the US intelligence agencies, dismissing them as "political hacks" and claiming there were plenty of reasons to be suspicious of their findings that Russian Federation meddled to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Turnbull was due to have a bilateral meeting with Trump on Monday morning, but will dine with the president in the evening instead. Duterte has also acknowledged the deep and unshakable bond between the Pentagon and Philippine military, which has played a key role in shaping and taming the Filipino president's erratic defence policy. This raised red flags for many, especially because Duterte is far from the only dictatorial leader whom Trump has complimented. The Philippines will also issue nine declarations of the Chair of the Summits.

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