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Philippine President Duterte serenades Trump at ASEAN gala

13 November 2017

That's the most awaited happening in the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings that will take place November 13 and 14 in Metro Manila.

US President Donald Trump will be among leaders from 19 countries, plus the heads of the United Nations and European Union, coming for the talks, which will begin with a banquet on Sunday night followed by summits on Monday and Tuesday.

Bolivar, not surprisingly, said, he can't assume what the two leaders would do during the meeting.

Duterte, who met with Putin for the third time at the sidelines of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit here, said that Russian weapons were the ones that greatly helped the military in its efforts to liberate Marawi following the four-month siege.

"This brutal macho image that Trump and President Duterte apparently shares and mutually admire is clearly to the detriment of the people in the Philippines, the U.S. and the world". And before the closing, he kept on saying "ba-bye".

"I said, 'I am not raising any sovereign issue". And he said something about, 'you know, you handle it very well...' Eh magyabang pa ako. "Why are you so fascinated with drugs?"

"Well, he (Trump) can not afford it".

Asked if he will discuss EJKs with the U.S President? "I don't care about human rights, believe me".

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The US also gave $97.5 million in military aid, Palabay said, citing US Congress data.

The two leaders, he said, told him: "We will support you".

Since taking office in 2016, President Duterte and his administration have waged a lethal anti-drugs campaign that has resulted in widespread extrajudicial executions. Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems. But there is no scheduled bilateral meeting between Duterte and Trudeau. "But I explained it to him in a very nice way", he added.

In the rallies against former President Marcos in the 70s and 80s, militants did the fist pump while singing the patriotic song, "Bayan Ko".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is another key backer of Duterte, with the pair having established a warm relationship.

But Trump and Duterte have expressed mutual admiration for other. "You have all the rights of the safe passage.' And that will also be applicable to all countries", Duterte said, recalling his conversation with Xi.

When a senior US official said two weeks ago that there was "a warm rapport" between the two administrations, Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said it "suggests a stunning apathy toward the human rights calamity that Duterte has inflicted on the Philippines since taking office".

The ASEAN leaders and dialogue partners came wearing the Filipianna outfit of pina cocoon barong, while their spouses wore gowns, all inspired by the Philippines' three islands - Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Philippine President Duterte serenades Trump at ASEAN gala