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Philippine Protesters Burn Giant Paper Effigy of Trump in Manila

14 November 2017
Philippine Protesters Burn Giant Paper Effigy of Trump in Manila

On Monday, Trump thanked the Philippine president for the hospitality and praised the performances on the eve of the ASEAN Summit in Manila.

They accused the US military of committing human rights abuses in Mindanao.

He said what took place was a "rather lengthy discussion" of the Philippines' war on drugs "with President Duterte doing most of the explaining".

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders meanwhile said the issue was discussed by the two leaders. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't say if Trump had been critical of Duterte's violent war on the illegal drug trade.

Duterte sang a duet of the song "Ikaw" with singer Pilita Corrales during Sunday night's gala dinner at the summit in Manila.

"As the American people and peoples of the world condemned US president Trump for its war-mongering and outright repression in the US, Duterte is inevitable to follow, as the number of poor Filipinos fed up of his empty promises and pointless rhetorics, are mounting, it is a matter of time for him to follow the footsteps of his idol dictator and ousted Ferdinand Marcos", Casilao said.

The Philippine leader told the audience he had done so "upon the orders of the Commander-in-Chief of the United States", drawing laughter from the crowd and a smile from Trump. President Trump must also make clear that any future USA assistance to the country will be linked to clear progress in reforming the PNP and ending impunity in the police.

"This brutal macho image that Trump and President Duterte apparently shares and mutually admire is clearly to the detriment of the people in the Philippines, the USA and the world".

The handshake chain is a set piece of gatherings of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), who are meeting with leaders from China, the US, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, India, Canada, Japan and South Korea.

"Trump must not keep ignoring the grave human rights situation in the Philippines".

Trump is teasing a "major statement" on trade and North Korea in Washington on Wednesday when he returns.