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Donald Trump messes up ASEAN handshake, Twitterati lose it!

Donald Trump messes up ASEAN handshake, Twitterati lose it!

Ahead of the talks, Phelim Kine, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division, told the New York Times he predicted the world would likely "see an alpha-male bromance between the two..."

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will host world leaders in Manila from Sunday, hoping their presence will quieten worldwide criticism over his deadly drugs war, which rights groups say may be a crime against humanity.

"(They) should deny the architect of this human rights calamity the global recognition he undeservedly craves". The two leaders did talk about the country's brutal war on drugs, which has left thousands of people dead.

Duterte, 72, a year ago branded then-US president Barack Obama a "son of a whore" for criticizing the drug war.

The presidential spokesperson added that Trump, based on his body language, "seemed to be in agreement" with Duterte's assertions. 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.

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Local and global human rights groups claim thousands more have died as a result of the drug war's alleged extrajudicial killings, but the government has repeatedly denied this.

Per police figures, over 3,800 deaths have been recorded in anti-drug operations since July 2016.

The administration has repeatedly defended the drug war, saying it does not sanction summary killings nor condone police abuses.

But the ICC has yet to respond and, despite some vocal critics in the West, Duterte goes into the Manila summits full of confidence that Trump and the others will effectively endorse his rule by not speaking against the killings.

The US is a long-term ally of the Philippines, helping the Southeast Asian country deal with various problems ranging from deadly natural disasters to terrorism in Mindanao. "Thank you", Trump said after his bilateral meeting with Duterte.


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