Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Philippine president says he once stabbed a person to death

Philippine president says he once stabbed a person to death

His latest comments come ahead of him hosting US President Donald Trump and other leaders for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

"He said something about, 'You know, you handle it very well, '" Duterte said, quoting Trump.

In other photos, Duterte was seen shaking hands with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

"I would like to convey to you the gratitude of the Filipino people for your timely assistance, especially the trucks and the arms that you sent", President Duterte said. "We will remember you for all time", the President added.

Hours after being sworn in as Philippine president, Duterte goes to a Manila slum and urges residents to kill drug-addled neighbors. But the two leaders will have their first official meeting on Monday on the sidelines of the summit.

Duterte has said he was looking forward to an "interesting" conversation with Trump, citing their similarities. "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".

Roque reiterated that Duterte "will refuse to pursue any talks relating to a domestic issue such as on his war on drugs".

Then-presidential candidate Duterte outlines plans to eradicate drugs in the Philippines by killing so many dealers it will unleash a boom for funeral businesses.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for providing his government with weapons that may have been deployed to suppress Islamic militants in Marawi.

"The position is: The use of force by state agents, of course, is not absolutely prohibited".

In a separate statement on Thursday, Philippine Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Duterte will endorse globalization and regional economic integration, policies that have also been promoted by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

He said all victims of human rights violations are welcome to attend the summit and air their grievances.

"It is fallacious reasoning for Duterte to accuse human rights groups and advocates of meddling in Philippine local affairs because the protection and promotion of human rights are global concerns as pronounced in worldwide conventions and even domestic legislation", the lawmaker said.

Shortly after those remarks, Duterte proposed hosting an global human rights summit in the Philippines, saying countries like the U.S., France and Russian Federation needed to be investigated for violating human rights.

The President is expected to be back in Manila before 11 p.m. Saturday.

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