Philippine protesters burn Swastika-shaped effigy of Donald Trump

Saul Bowman
November 15, 2017

Canada's President Justin Trudeau is still in the Philippines pushing human rights. "Had a productive meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte".

Trump also said his trip had resulted in at least US$300 billion, possibly triple that figure, of deals being agreed.

"We've explained that the United States is open for trade but we want reciprocal, we want fair trade for the United States", he said. The Indian Prime Minister arrived in the Philippines capital on Sunday for a three-day visit.

Trump is slated to attend a pair of worldwide summits and meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

"The president was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange", Trudeau told a news conference.


Duterte has been a controversial figure since taking office as president past year, and launching a war on drugs that has killed at least 3,900 people in the Philippines. However, at some point into the banquet, Duterte, seated next to Trump in his formal Philippines long-sleeved white shirt, suddenly stood up and startled his guests with a vocal performance. But Trump's rapport with Duterte comes during a time when Duterte is being criticized around the world for approving extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs.

"Both sides committed to enhance their counterterrorism cooperation through conducting additional exercises, increasing information sharing, and addressing the drivers of conflict and extremism", the joint statement said.

The government in mostly-Buddhist Myanmar regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and does not recognize the term.

On the ground, military operations continue to clear buildings for stragglers.

Duterte hosted Trump and other leaders for a flashy dinner at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City Sunday, ahead of the official start of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

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