Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trudeau airs concern on Philippine killings

Trudeau airs concern on Philippine killings

"Those regulations and those impediments have now been addressed, so it is now theoretically possible to get it back", he said at a press briefing at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

The Philippines and Canada are working together to to bring to justice the Abu Sayyaf bandits who killed their Canadian hostages a year ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, November 14.

The Canadian Prime Minister's main event here is the ASEAN-Canada 40th Commemorative Summit slated Tuesday, which will celebrate dialogue relations between Canada and ASEAN that started in February 1977.

"I actually had an opportunity to have a conversation with President Duterte just before our meeting earlier this morning, in which I emphasized, of course, the people-to-people ties between Canada and the Philippines and the great connections there", Trudeau was quoted as saying in a Rappler report.

"I also mentioned human rights, rule of law and specifically extra judicial killings as being an issue that Canada is concerned with", he told a news conference in Manila.

Trudeau said that during his meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, they discussed how they can collaborate on "reducing hostage-taking as a fund raising mechanism" for terrorists.

"We have been advised by the Philippines that most of the people engaged in the kidnapping of two Canadians have been killed in military operations".

"Canada is deeply committed to multilateral institutions", Trudeau added. Even so, he explained that it is still important to bring up the issue of human rights. But human rights groups said the number is around 13,000.

The East Asia Summit a forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit meets annually to discuss issues related to the regions.

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