Duterte thanks Putin for weapons used against Islamic militants

From ‘sons of bitches’ to 'best friends': Duterte on US as Trump summit looms

Now Trump is slated to attend the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference on Monday to urge allies to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Rodrigo Duterte has said he stabbed a person to death as a teenager, in remarks that will stoke further controversy around the Philippine president days before he is due to host Asian leaders and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump at a Manila summit.

"I never, never, never ordered any single policeman in this country to say, just kill them without any reason".

"When I was a teenager, I would go in and out of jail", Duterte said in remarks posted on YouTube by his office. Trump said he planned to make a "major statement" about his trip from the White House later this week, and spoke of the "many good friends" he made during the trip.

But ISIS's hold on Iraq and Syria continues to crumble in recent months, so the group has encouraged new recruits to travel to the Philippines and other countries instead - and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in August that some fighters in the Middle East have traveled to the country.

"This rapporteur", he said, after referring to the United Nations' special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, by name.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, Friday.

Trudeau said Duterte - whose violent crackdown on drug dealers and drug users by his government's forces have left thousands dead - was receptive to the comments during what the Canadian prime minister called a very cordial and positive exchange.


"Every time he sees me, he says: 'I didn't do that.' And I believe - I really believe - that when he tells me that, he means it", Trump said, arguing that it makes no sense for him to belabour the issue when Russian Federation could help the USA on North Korea, Syria and other issues.

They also say it has uncomfortable similarities with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's salute.

Duterte is determined to show that even the U.S. president is behind him, while Trump is eager to display his personal diplomacy and ability to win back estranged allies.

Though the USA administration has been under pressure to raise Duterte's drug war in Manila, Trump will likely focus on building rapport and personal friendship with his Filipino counterpart.

The writer, president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and a founder of Human Rights Watch, is the author of "The International Human Rights Movement: A History".

Duterte won last year's presidential elections after promising to eradicate illegal drugs with an unprecedented crackdown that would see up to 100,000 people killed. Human rights groups believe the total could be closer to 9,000.

"When I become president, I'll order the police and the military to find these people and kill them".

Trump told reporters during his two days here that he has a "great relationship" with Duterte.

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