Trump offers to mediate on South China Sea

Randall Craig
November 13, 2017

The comments came ahead of an Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Manila, which starts on Sunday. 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.

A brief scuffle ensued as militant groups gathered near the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Saturday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to the country.

Various sectoral groups staged a protest near the US embassy here on November 10, the second day in a row, in anticipation of the first visit by US President Donald Trump in time for the Asean summit on November 12.

"He is not the Human Rights Commission".

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

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

'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'.

United Nations human rights expert Agnes Callamard has been a vocal critic of the operation and called for the establishment of a "strong independent human rights institution" in the Philippines.

The Philippine strongman has embraced the image, though, and Trump, according to a leaked transcript obtained by The Washington Post, praised his crackdown during their first call, earlier this year.

"A real person. During a rumble".

Local and global 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.

"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.

"What have you been doing all the time?"

A Trump administration official, in previewing the visit, stressed that Trump and Duterte have "a warm rapport".

"How much more now that I am President?" he concluded, to laughter from the audience.

The Philippines will be Trump's last stop on a marathon tour that has taken him to Japan, South Korea, China as well as Vietnam.

Duterte can expect blanket support from his ASEAN colleagues, many of whom are also shadowed by human rights controversies.

"Not extrajudicial killing. Well, he can not afford it". "It is paramount that human rights violations not be the consequences of the Philippines" "war on drugs'".

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