Duterte spokesman: Trump offered to return Philippine fugitive during bilateral talks

15 November, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Duterte says PH still 'best friend' of US

President Trump was left confused by a communal handshake that took place between some of the world's most powerful leaders during the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations in November.

A likeness of President Duterte peeked out from behind the figure, as the two leaders sat down for formal talks less than three kilometres away.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the European Union have all criticized the controversial leader for previous statements that appear to suggest the opposite.

Overly amicable talks between Trump and Putin would be an awkward sell for the White House as it denies any wrongdoing.

"We've made some very big steps with regard to trade - far bigger than anything you know", Trump told reporters, pointing to business deals forged between USA and foreign companies.

Trump has already boasted of his close ties to Duterte, and the two men are expected to develop a fast affinity when they meet.

Within months, Duterte downgraded security ties with America, threatening to expel U.S. soldiers stationed in the Philippines and cancelling major war games in the contested South China Sea.

"And he will come through loud and clear", the official said, adding the United States president "will be talking specifically about the importance of navigation and expressing concern about the militarization of features in the South China Sea". "But I only want to emphasise that our meetings for the next two days present an excellent opportunity for us to engage in meaningful discussion on matters of regional and global importance", he said.


Towards the end of the meeting with Putin, Duterte divulged plans to appoint "a special envoy for military and to improve trade relations with Russian Federation".

This is their second meeting since Duterte's official visited to Moscow in May.

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

Since Duterte's inauguration past year, police and affiliated death squads have summarily executed more than 8,000 suspected drug users.

Duterte might also expect support from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who struck the pose when the pair met in Tokyo a year ago.

Duterte has also acknowledged the deep and unshakable bond between the Pentagon and Philippine military, which has played a key role in shaping and taming the Filipino president's erratic defence policy. How much more now that I am president?' "This is a different level of shamelessness, hypocrisy and pretense", Palabay said. "In the broader region, countries outside of APEC are making broad strides.in the Indo-Pacific", Trump said, referring to a broad swathe of landmass and sea stretching from India all the way to Australia-a term his administration has been using increasingly.

It also reported that there have been 12 incidents of aerial bombings in the Philippines, which has contributed to hundreds of thousands of forced evacuations, mainly in the war-stricken Marawi.

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