PM raises human rights concerns with Duterte

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

Mr Trump, who has said Mr Duterte is doing "a great job", himself came under criticism during his 2016 presidential run, when he told a campaign rally in Iowa: "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK?"

Duterte was meeting with Putin for the first time since May.

Duterte took steps to thaw frosty relations with China after he won the presidency previous year. The two men are also slated to hold longer, formal talks later Monday and White House aides signalled that Trump is not expected to publicly bring up human rights in their discussions. She did not say if Trump was critical of Duterte's program.

And both repeatedly claim widespread popular support, contrary to data (although Duterte does seem to have the edge in actual popular backing).

Duterte has adopted a clenched fist, often stuck out in front of his chest or sometimes at eye level, as his trademark gesture.

It is far from impossible to expect an all-smiling picture, showing the two leaders making the controversial Duterte fist bump gesture after their meeting.

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

Xi assured Duterte that all countries have the right of the safe passage in the disputed South China Sea.

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".

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Australia's spy chief, Nick Warner, was criticised when he returned home from Manila in August to find the Philippine government had released photos of him clenching his fist with Duterte.

He at times denies inciting police or others to kill, but also consistently generates headlines for his abusive language and incendiary comments defending the drug war.

Trump also spoke about trade and the menace of North Korea with Australian Prime Mnister Malcolm Turnbull in a three-way chat with Japanese leader Shinzo Abe.

Duterte believed Obama was "oblivious to the actual threat presented by drugs in the Philippines", the spokesman declared.

"He emphasized that what we want is friendship with all countries and we do not want any trouble with any other country", Roque said. Duterte, however, made it clear that he won't welcome any discussion on human rights lest he will tell the USA leader to "lay off".

Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay said it was hypocritical for the two to even discuss the topic given their tracklist of human rights violations.

In an election campaign rally Duterte also said he was expelled from college for shooting a fellow student who was insulting him.

"I also took the opportunity to meet my counterparts from many economies. This is a different level of shamelessness, hypocrisy and pretense", Palabay said.

Though the Trump administration has yet to propose an adequate response to its crisis - declaring a national emergency and failing to put any new spending behind the order is clearly insufficient - at least it recognises that using the police to kill dealers and users is not a solution.

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