Philippines president says South China Sea row 'better left untouched'

13 November, 2017, 01:19 | Author: Ora Austin
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Hundreds of protesters staged a rally in central Manila yesterday to protest against the visit of US President Donald Trump for a regional meeting. They were anxious that the United States intervention in the southern Philippines could worsen the situation, which is still recovering from battle against Islamist militants.

At the start of his meeting with Vietnam's president Tran Dai Quang, he said he was prepared to act as mediator between claimants to the South China Sea, which include Vietnam and China.

Various sectoral groups staged a protest near the US embassy here on November 10, the second day in a row, in anticipation of the first visit by US President Donald Trump in time for the Asean summit on November 12.

Upon winning election past year, he implemented a drug war that has seen thousands of people killed, including children.

But rights groups warn he may be orchestrating a crime against humanity.

"While the South Korean people are opposing war threats against the north and demanding peace in the region, here is the president of the Philippines who could not even commit to peace in his own country, allowing the country as a launching pad of USA aggression and putting the Filipino population to the danger of nuclear obliteration", he said in a statement.

Trump and Duterte shook hands during a dinner in Manila for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, according to White House pool reports.

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"As the American people and peoples of the world condemned US president Trump for its war-mongering and outright repression in the US, Duterte is inevitable to follow, as the number of poor Filipinos fed up of his empty promises and pointless rhetorics, are mounting, it is a matter of time for him to follow the footsteps of his idol dictator and ousted Ferdinand Marcos", Casilao said.

"I used to do it personally just to show to the guys that if I can do it, so can you".

The two met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Vietnamese resort city of Danang.

A spokesman for the Philippine President said later that he thought the comment "was in jest".

Near the end of Obama's tenure, Duterte said Obama was a "son of a bitch" who could "go to hell".

"I think the President of the Philippines joins the rest of the world in maintaining that there should be freedom of navigation in a very crucial sea passage, sea lane passage", Roque added.

"How much does it help to yell about these problems", he said. "It is paramount that human rights violations not be the consequences of the Philippines" "war on drugs'".

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