Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Anti-Trump protests have broken out across the Philippines

"He considers the president of China as a valuable friend", Ramon Lopez said in an interview in Vietnam on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit. He said he stabbed the person "just over a look".

Asked about the war on drugs, the official said "our side is going to be talking about the drug war and ways in which that war could be prosecuted that conform with Philippine law and worldwide norms for human rights".

"At 16, I killed someone", he told Filipinos in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where he is attending a regional summit.

U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral trade deal that included several APEC member states, earlier this year.

Addressing the Filipino community in Da Nang, he said he had killed a person during his violent teenage years, when he said he was in numerous fights and "in and out of jail".

Duterte took steps to thaw frosty relations with China after he won the presidency a year ago.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to ask President Trump to return three war trophies that USA troops took from a village more than 100 years ago during the Philippine-American War, according to CBS News. "I think it was in jest".

"What makes the death of people in the Philippines more important than the rest of the children in the world that were massacred and killed?"

Shortly after those remarks, Duterte proposed hosting an global human rights summit in the Philippines, saying countries like the U.S., France and Russian Federation needed to be investigated for violating human rights. Another 2,290 people were murdered in drug-related crimes, while thousands of other deaths remain unsolved, according to government data.

On returning to Manila on Sunday, Duterte told reporters about his meetings with Russia's President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping.

"Duterte will enjoy the gift of tacit silence from East Asian leaders on his murderous drug war during the upcoming summit", Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine told AFP.

But critics warn the gesture has come to represent the brutalities of Duterte's drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives.

Since taking office in 2016, President Duterte and his administration have waged a lethal anti-drugs campaign that has resulted in widespread extrajudicial executions.

"Human rights, son of a b***h", he said at the time.

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