Human rights, killings not addressed in Duterte-Trump talks: Philippine spokesman

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (NOVEMBER 13, 2017) (REUTERS) – The issue of human rights and alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines was not discussed during a meeting on Monday (November 13) between U.S. President Donald Trump and counterpart Rodrigo Duterte, a Philippine spokesman said.

The meeting between the two presidents was one of the most anticipated at the summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila, with human rights groups pressing Trump to take a tough line on Duterte over his bloody war on drugs, in which thousands of people have been killed.

Harry Roque, Duterte’s spokesman, told a news conference Duterte had explained his anti-drugs policy at length to Trump, who “seemed to be appreciative of his efforts”. Roque described the relationship between Trump and Duterte as “warm, friendly and candid” and said they shared similar feelings about former U.S. President Barack Obama.

Roque also said the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims was discussed between leaders of ASEAN and that Myanmar responded.