Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to slap UN critic of drugs war
The Philippines, which is holding the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), hosted the 2015 APEC summit in Manila. They were anxious that the United States intervention in the southern Philippines could worsen the situation, which is still recovering from battle against Islamist militants.
Various sectoral groups staged a protest near the US embassy here on November 10, the second day in a row, in anticipation of the first visit by US President Donald Trump in time for the Asean summit on November 12.
They accused the US military of committing human rights abuses in Mindanao.
According to Duterte, Trump also commended him on how he handled the drug situation in the country and also the recently concluded Marawi siege.
Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he killed a man when he was just 16. "Stabbing. That was when I was 16 years old, just because we just looked at each other", he said. He also said in part, "Jail?"
Those comments angered human rights organizations, who see Trump's meeting with Duterte as validation from the United States that the controversial President's crackdown on drug use in the Philippines is acceptable.
Authorities insist police only kill in self-defence, but Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say officers are carrying out extrajudicial killings.
In his fresh remarks, Duterte suggested Callamard was overly concerned with his government, asking, "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".
"I will slap her in front of you", he said, referring to Callamard by name.
"It's going to be very interesting because you have two individuals that are very much alike in their thinking, their language and demeanor, meeting for the first time", Roque said. "I take care of my country and I will nurture my country to health", Duterte told reporters before leaving for Vietnam.
"When I become president, I'll order the police and the military to find these people and kill them".
It will be the last leg of a marathon Asia tour that, despite Trump's "America First" policy, may reassure some that his administration remains committed to a region that Beijing sees as its strategic domain. "What the President is doing is being effective".
"Forget what they say, those human rights (activists)".
In a letter to Trump, members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Capitol Hill urged Trump to address the extrajudicial killings.
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