Protesters tag Trump, Duterte as 'fascists'

Lynne Hanson
November 13, 2017

"I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem", Trump said, not mentioning the thousands killed and worldwide scorn.

Since Duterte took office, police have reported killing 3,967 people in the crackdown.

The pair are set to have a face-to-face meeting in the coming days when Trump finishes up his Asia trip with a stop in Manila.

On Monday, the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits will be officiated by Duterte at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines before the leaders gather at the Philippine International Convention Centre for a series of meetings, including the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-US Dialogue Relations.

Both Trump and Xi were following on from the latest APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit that concluded Saturday in the coastal city of Danang, 470 miles (750 kilometers) south of Hanoi. The US also gave $97.5 million in military aid, Palabay said, citing US Congress data.

The outspoken leader says a United Nations investigator has insulted him by criticising a brutal clampdown on drugs that has killed thousands.

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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. "Stabbing. That was when I was 16 years old, just because we just looked at each other", he said. The latter part is quite remarkable as on the same day he offered to host an global summit on human rights in the Philippines and suggested that "all violations of human rights committed by all governments" should be investigated. A rep for the president, however, tells the AFP the remark was made "in jest", and says Duterte regularly uses "colorful language" when addressing Filipinos overseas, as he was doing while in Da Nang, Vietnam.

But Vietnam's trade surplus remains an irritant for the Trump administration. "How much more now that I am president?"

The Philippine leader also lashed out again at United Nations human rights expert Agn├Ęs Callamard, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions.

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

Trump's Asian tour comes as the U.S. rallies for tougher sanctions against North Korea's nuclear program and ballistic missile tests.

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

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