Canada's Trudeau says he raised human rights, killings with Philippines' Duterte

Canada's Trudeau says he raised human rights, killings with Philippines' Duterte

Canada's Trudeau says he raised human rights, killings with Philippines' Duterte

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN summit in Manila.

Duterte maintains tough police action - eliminating crime by eliminating criminals - is necessary to restore order in a country that has seen a surge in drug-related violence.

Trudeau revealed this in a press conference at the International Media Center during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

"I said, 'I will not explain.' It is a personal and official insult", said the Philippines president recalling his conversation with Trudeau.

Trudeau said Canada had a reputation for being frank in discussing issues like the rule of law and human rights with partners everywhere. "You don't even investigate". "Lay off", he said.

"Canada is a Pacific country, as you well know, and being able to engage on broader issues of security, of development, of human rights, of economic opportunity - broader than just the APEC group - is very much in line with how Canada wants to and should engage constructively with the region and, indeed, with the world". "It was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange", he said.

Francisco Fernandez of the Philippine embassy in Ottawa says Canada sought the invitation and Manila didn't hesitate to grant it, partly because of trade and investment ties and partly due to the 837,000 people of Filipino descent who live in Canada. They expressed concern over the number of killing in the government's drug war.

Last year, he called USA president Barack Obama a "son of bitch" and declared that he was breaking ties with the United States. The Philippine National Police has also said there has been no extra-judicial killing under the Duterte administration.

During Duterte's bilateral meeting with United States President Donald Trump, the two sides agreed that human rights and dignity are "essential" as they both recognized that the narcotics problem was a mutual concern.

While Trump didn't publicly raise human rights, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the fight by the Philippines against illegal drugs. Trump has consistently praised Duterte and his campaign against drugs, despite worldwide criticism over the thousands killed without charge or trial.

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