Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Duterte sings at ASEAN gala dinner 'upon Trump's orders'

Duterte sings at ASEAN gala dinner 'upon Trump's orders'

US President Donald Trump will be among leaders from 19 countries, plus the heads of the United Nations and European Union, coming for the talks, which will begin with a banquet on Sunday night followed by summits on Monday and Tuesday.

The cross-body exercise sees each leader extend their right arm over their left to shake the opposite hands of those next to them.

A joint statement says the two leaders "underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential".

Eyes will be on whether Trump does the fist pump, having told Duterte in April he was doing a "great job" in his drug war.

Kine later said this photograph of Trump twisting his face as he held hands with Duterte over the weekend should "live in infamy".

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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. President Trump must also make clear that any future U.S. assistance to the country will be linked to clear progress in reforming the PNP and ending impunity in the police.

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

With the US President briefly breaking the symbolic handshake, supposed to denote unity, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stood around awkwardly with a spare hand.

"When he comes face-to-face with President Duterte, he'll be meeting a man whose policies are responsible for thousands of unlawful killings, including dozens of children and the extrajudicial execution of many others, which may constitute crimes against humanity". It is unclear whether Trump raised the issue of human rights when he saw Duterte. The White House has suggested the president may designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

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