Trump lands in Philippines, offers to mediate on S.China Sea

We'll Buy Arms From Russia, Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte Tells Vladimir Putin

Hundreds of protesters staged a rally in central Manila yesterday to protest against the visit of US President Donald Trump for a regional meeting. 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.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was prepared to mediate between claimants to the South China Sea, where five countries contest China's sweeping claims to the busy waterway.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will host world leaders in Manila from Sunday, hoping their presence will quieten worldwide criticism over his deadly drugs war, which rights groups say may be a crime against humanity.

CNN reports the comments were made in the context of discussing human right advocates who are no fans of his. Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems.

"I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem", Trump said, not mentioning the thousands killed and global scorn.

'We can expect East Asian leaders to exercise a diplomatic blind eye to the killings of thousands of Filipinos over the past 16 months as part of Duterte's drug war'.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has urged members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to turn the Asia-Pacific into a "comprehensively connected and integrated" region.

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 take care of my country and I will nurture my country to health", Duterte told reporters before leaving for Vietnam.

"Your timely assistance to my country helped us replenish the old arms and the spent bores that were fired repeatedly and we have a new stock", he said, in transcripts sent to Manila by the presidential communications office. A person, really. During a fight.

'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.

"What have you been doing all the time?"

"When I become president, I'll order the police and the military to find these people and kill them".

"Forget what they say, those human rights (activists)".

"Not extrajudicial killing. Well, he can not afford it".

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