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Progressive solons protest arrival of President Trump

Progressive solons protest arrival of President Trump

As US President Donald Trump prepares to meet leaders at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in the Philippines capital of Manila on 12 and 13 November 2017, Amnesty is calling on him to condemn President Duterte's murderous "war on drugs", and push him to investigate the unlawful killing of thousands of people around the country. "The US President's willingness to challenge the appalling record of President Duterte's "war on drugs" is a crucial test of his administration's commitment to upholding and defending human rights". He said there had been a "rather lengthy discussion of the Philippine war on drugs". And in a highly surreal moment, President Duterte serenaded Mr Trump with a special love song.

The Philippine leader told the audience he had done so "upon the orders of the Commander-in-Chief of the United States", drawing laughter from the crowd and a smile from Trump.

Handshakes have become a focal point of Trump's first year in office with the Republican being photographed using a full arsenal of unusual grips and techniques with various world leaders.

Trump was expected to attend a dinner with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the end of the day.

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Trump was meeting Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dining with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ahead of the East Asia summit in Manila. However, at some point into the banquet, Duterte, seated next to Trump in his formal Philippines long-sleeved white shirt, suddenly stood up and startled his guests with a vocal performance.

Though presented with several opportunities to do so, President Donald Trump reportedly did not raise any concerns about human rights abuses or the "bloodstained" drug war being carried out by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a face-to-face meeting on Monday.

Trump is teasing a "major statement" on trade and North Korea in Washington on Wednesday when he returns.