He called on other leaders to look at the progress of ASEAN community building, the direction of cooperation with dialogue partners as well as that of the ASEAN-led mechanisms such as the ASEAN Plus Three and the East Asia Summit.

Russian Federation has denied allegations of interfering in the USA election past year, won by Trump in a shock victory.

Duterte thanked the Russian President for the 5,000 high-powered firearms that Russia donated in October, for the Philippines' counterterrorism efforts.

"At the age of 16, I already killed someone", he said. She did not say if Trump was critical of Duterte's program.

Tomorrow, Trump and Duterte are expected to hold bilateral talks.

Trump raved about his accomplishments on his five-nation journey, including on trade and North Korea, but said he would wait until his return to Washington on Wednesday to elaborate with a "major statement".

The foreign ministers of Asean member states and China adopted a framework for the code of conduct on maritime disputes in August, though it remains to be seen whether the final product would be legally binding.

The Chinese leader, however, would not back down on Beijing's territorial claim, Duterte said and justified his decision not to immediately demand Chinese compliance with a ruling by a United Nations-linked tribunal that invalidated China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea on historical grounds. President Donald Trump is beginning a day full of meetings at an economic summit in Vietnam.

As The Philippine Star reported, Duterte renewed his complaints about Trump's predecessor in his remarks on Thursday, calling Obama "so black and arrogant".

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.

"He said something about: "You know, you handle it very well", he told reporters.

They also say it has uncomfortable similarities with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's salute. Responding to the criticism, Mr Duterte recently moved to take his controversial drugs campaign out of direct control of the police. "Never mind about the human rights advocates".

Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he killed a man when he was just 16.

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

Thanking ASEAN and global friends for providing assistance, the President said they were now in the process of helping people back on their feet to reclaim their lives.

Human rights group Karapatan said a meeting between Duterte and Trump on human rights will be "one big sick joke".

In particular, this was due to the Trump administration's explicit and conscious decision to prioritise strategic cooperation with Asian allies over promotion of human rights and democracy values.


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