Duterte sings at ASEAN gala dinner 'upon Trump's orders'

Trump 'must challenge Duterte's horrifying human rights abuses'

Mr Duterte, who once referred to Barack Obama as a "son of a b****" began the talks by telling Mr Trump: "We are your ally".

Two of the biggest assholes in the world, Donald Trump and president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, have expressed mutual admiration for some time.

President Trump said he had a "great relationship" with his Philippine counterpart during a photo-op.

The Philippines president surprised his guests at an ASEAN summit gala dinner when he broke out in song, which Rodrigo Duterte joked he sang "upon the orders of the commander in chief of the United States".

The United Nations Human Rights Commission urged the Philippines to launch a murder investigation into Duterte's claims he killed three people - and the deaths as part of his war on drugs. "The relationship appears to be very warm and very friendly", said Philippine spokesman Harry Roque about the rapport between the two presidents on Monday.

Despite their apparent disagreements about what actually went on in the meeting - or, at least, the disagreements between Trump's people and Duterte's people - the two also seem to have a similar stance on the media.

Breaking with his presidential predecessors, Trump has largely abandoned publicly pressing foreign leaders on human rights. While leaders crossed their arms to join hands with leaders next to them, Donald Trump awkwardly grabbed the hand of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang with both hands. This is not a press statement.

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During his early months in office, Duterte repeatedly insulted USA officials, including former President Barack Obama who criticised his bloody drug war.

Casilao also criticized Duterte's backing of U.S. aggression against North Korea, and continued implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). "This is the bilateral meeting". The Philippines will also issue nine declarations of the Chairs of the summits.

To Chhoa-Howard, Trump's position on Duterte actually could have been a boon for the human rights cause.

Mr Trump has faced criticism for praising Mr Duterte during a phone call for the "great job" he was doing to counter illegal narcotics. President Duterte has also threatened to kill human rights activists, journalists and critics.

President Donald Trump is known for his long, intimate handshakes with world leaders, but was left looking like an amateur with a group handshake in the Philippines. This backdrop makes the conflicting reports from their most recent meetings all the more confusing.

In return, senior officials from the Trump administration, particularly Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have rarely discussed human rights concerns during their meetings with Duterte.

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