Philippines' Duterte set for drug war backing at summit

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Trump is expected to arrive in Manila this weekend for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings. They were anxious that the U.S. intervention in the southern Philippines could worsen the situation, which is still recovering from battle against Islamist militants.

Ahead of the annual summit of the ASEAN, an influential grouping of 10 South East Asian countries, a number of diplomats said the thorny issue of China's aggressive military buildup in the South China Sea may be one of the focus areas of the deliberations on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump's tour of Asia continued Sunday with his arrival in the Philippines, the last of five nations on his itinerary before he returns to the United States.

Mr Duterte said: "Let us investigate all violations of human rights committed by all governments".

Calling President Duterte and Trump "fascists", Karapatan secretary general Tinay Palabay stressed how the United States supports the Duterte administration's bloody War on Drugs, giving $9 million to the program for 2017.

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Since Mr Duterte took office in June 2016, more than 7,000 people have been killed in a brutal clampdown on illegal substances, with the leader saying he would be "happy to slaughter" three million drug addicts. I was just 16 years old.

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.

'From the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, to a sweeping crackdown on all forms of dissent in Cambodia to the thousands killed in Philippines, human rights are under siege across Southeast Asia, ' Rachel Chhoa-Howard, a Philippine researcher with Amnesty, told AFP.

Local and worldwide human rights groups claim thousands more have died as a result of the drug war's alleged extrajudicial killings, but the government has repeatedly denied this.

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"How much does it help to yell about these problems", he said.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, though, were not satisfied with that response.

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

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In a speech that started with his insisting he did not tolerate extrajudicial killings, Duterte apparently switches tack.


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