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


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference at the International Media Center in Manila, November 14, 2017.

Leaders of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) states - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - and of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the U.S. hold this annual summit. I impress upon him the need for respect to the rule of law. The Philippine leader questioned his country's security alliance with the USA and told former President Barack Obama he could "go to hell" after he called for the drug war to be fought "in a way that's consistent with basic worldwide norms".

"You know, I was elected by the people of the Republic of the Philippines".

Duterte has drawn criticism from global groups and foreign governments over his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.

"This is important to Canadians and to the rest of the world, and I will always bring that up", he said.

Trudeau also said Canada stands alongside Asia in demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

"That is why you hear me throwing down epithets, curses, bullshit and everything because it angers me".

Duterte, meanwhile, encouraged other world leaders to not rely on data on the drug war deaths provided by his political enemies.

"I also mentioned human rights, the rule of law and specifically extrajudicial killings as being an issue that Canada is concerned with", Trudeau told reporters in response to a question.

"The President was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange", he said of his informal talks with Duterte on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.

Harry Roque, Duterte's spokesman, said there was no mention of human rights or extralegal killings during the meeting with Trump, but there was a lengthy discussion of the Philippines' war on drugs, with Duterte doing most of the explaining. The bloc of 10 Southeast Asian countries is already Canada's sixth-largest trading partner, and Trudeau is eager to build on that relationship.

Justin Trudeau is continuing his visit to the Philippines where he's trying to raise Canada's profile in the Asia-Pacific region, especially on security and trade issues.